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    Baile le Moketa (Sesotho)
    R120.00 inc. VAT

    Written and illustrated in 1973 by one of South Africa’s most famous artists, Gerard Sekoto, Shorty and Billy Boy, is a book for children as well as art lovers and collectors. The manuscript forms part of a private collection of Sekoto’s sketches, artworks, letters and memoirs.

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    Beaufort West – Mikhael Subotzky
    R720.00 inc. VAT

    With an essay by Jonny Steinberg and commentary by Mikhael Subotzky

    At the half-way point along South Africa’s great highway – the N1 running from Cape Town to Johannesburg – lies the small town of Beaufort West. With its prison in the middle of town, on an island in the highway, it’s a surreal road-stop that offers everything a traveller might want – food, gas, a place to stay, an hour of sex… Mikhael Subotzky considers the town, its vivid characters and poignant social landscapes, in a photo essay that confronts central issues of contemporary South African society. His first photobook, it is exquisitely produced on a large portfolio scale. With an introduction by leading South African writer Jonny Steinberg and Subotzky’s own commentary on the photographs, the book is both a document of social evidence and the visual manifesto of the best of the new wave of South African art photographers.

    The book is published to coincide with Subotzky’s first North American exhibition – Beaufort West at the Museum of Modern Art, opening in September 2008.

    Photo credit: 5B4

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    Berni Searle: Approach
    R295.00 inc. VAT

    Berni Searle: Approach, is a multidimensional program with internationally celebrated South African artist, whose work in performance, photography, film and video installation address racial and gender inequities through the use of her body, personal histories and the construction of personal mythologies. A

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    Bessie Head: Thunder Behind her Ears
    R230.00 inc. VAT

    In July 2007, the acclaimed writer Bessie Head would have turned 70 years old. Her friends, colleagues andliterary critics honoured her with a series of conferences, new books and theses, and the founding of a permanent Bessie Head Heritage Trust to guarantee the future of her house and literary papers. Wits University Press took the opportunity to repackage and republish this excellent biography and it appears with new, never-before-published photographs of Bessie Head’s life.

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    BILAKHULU! Longer poems
    R120.00 inc. VAT

    Vonani Bila’s voice in Bilakhulu! is as buoyant and direct as ever; his emotional range is broad, incorporating humour and lament. These seven narrative poems, ranging from 3 to 35 pages in length, are grounded in the poet’s family and village, at the same time making visible the wider forces that impinge on rural life.

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    Bird-Monk Seding
    R160.00 inc. VAT

    Lesego Rampolokeng is a poet and performance maestro, and the author of 12 books, including two plays and three novels. He has collaborated with visual artists, playwrights, film-makers, theatre and opera producers, poets and musicians. His no-holds-barred style, radical political-aesthetic perspective and instantly recognisable voice have brought him a unique place in South African literature. Rampolokeng’s third novel Bird-Monk Seding is a stark picture of life in a rural township two decades into South Africa’s democracy.

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    Birds & People
    R790.00 inc. VAT

    Vast in both scope and scale, Birds and People explores and celebrates this relationship and draws upon Mark Cocker’s 40 years of observing and thinking about birds. Part natural history and part cultural study, it describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds.

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    Bitterkomix 15
    R250.00 inc. VAT

    Social commentary and political satire are presented through critically acclaimed graphics and confrontational illustrations in this brilliant and outrageous collection.

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    Bitterkomix 16
    R150.00 inc. VAT

    Bitterkomix 16 sees the celebration of twenty-one years of artistic genius. In this latest collection, Anton Kannemeyer – aka Joe Dog – unflinchingly explores the vigorous debates around race that enliven and shadow daily life in South Africa.

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    Black Sacrifice: The Sinking of the SS Mendi, 1917
    R250.00 inc. VAT

    Rev. Dr. Gladstone Sandi Baai (21 December 1942 to 15 August 2012) is the only African Historian to have written an interpretation of the sinking of the S.S. Mendi. In ‘Black Sacrifice’ the Reverend discusses the event and its resounding effects, starting before the First World War and ending with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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    Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu
    R260.00 inc. VAT

    The stories cover an engrossing cross-section of experiences, ranging from the student who diverts bursary money to put food on the table back home, family members who make outrageous demands on individuals often resulting in debt to look after their families, to people who are happy to open their homes to provide
    shelter to jobseekers or the downtrodden. In giving voice to the many different perspectives on this topical issue, this book hopes to start a dialogue about this undeniable part of the lived reality of black South Africans.

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    Blood Safari
    R150.00 inc. VAT

    “Pulsating and gripping” The Sunday Times

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    Bo-Kaap Kitchen
    R450.00 inc. VAT

    More than just a cookbook: part photo journal, part historical document, part culinary journey into the homes of the people of the Bo-Kaap, celebrating a uniquely South African culture.

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    Boy from Bethulie :An Autobiography
    R200.00 inc. VAT

    “Boy from Bethulie” is a major theatrical autobiography, which is both funny and breathtakingly honest. Part history of mainstream South African theatre from the 1950s and part social documentary of the communities Mynhardt has played to–sophisticated audiences in ostentatious national theatres;

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    Braam Kruger 1950 – 2008
    R200.00 inc. VAT

    Braam Kruger (1958 – 2008) – Retrospective Exhibition Catalogue

    An exceptional retrospective exhibition of oil paintings by Braam Kruger (1950 -2008) was hosted by the UJ Art Gallery during September and October 2009. The exhibition comprised of works mainly from private collections and included several paintings that have not yet been seen by the general art fraternity.

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    Brenda Remembered
    R130.00 inc. VAT

    From the dusty streets of Langa township rose one of the greatest songbirds South Africa has ever seen. Little Brenda Fassie, the Tiny tot who captured the heart of an adoring audience, was set to rise from the obscurity of her humble beginnings to become the consummate performer and the darling of Africa. As a teen, she set the stage alight and, as a rising pop star, highlighted the stories of every ordinary South African, endearing herself to admiring fans.

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    Brett Murray
    R650.00 inc. VAT

    Documenting artist Brett Murray’s career over the past 30 years, this book boasts both powerful imagery and reflective texts from his 80s cultural/struggle work, through his career to The Spear—the natural outcome of his art and reflections on injustices past and present.

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