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    Alexandra :A History
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    Alexandra: A History, is a social and political history of one of South Africa’s oldest townships. It begins with the founding of Alexandra as a freehold township in 1912, and traces its growth as a center of black working-class life in the heart of Johannesburg, to the post-apartheid era.

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    And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses
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    Two very different women meet during a long wait to buy subsidized rice and discover they have more in common than their poverty; an old man and child share a last, loving waltz; a cynical, disabled gangster learns humanity from a committed social worker; and a young girl finds her missing father and her role in the political struggle.

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    At this Stage
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    As South Africa continues to advance towards the fulfilment of its visionary constitution, significant shifts in the mode, style, and theme of its nation’s theatre have begun to take hold. The four plays in this collection, by Lara Foot Newton, Mike van Graan, Motshabi Tyelele and Craig Higginson, offer insights into an emerging national identity.

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    Book of Songs – Shabbir Banoobhai
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    Written over a month of fasting and inspired by the poetry of Rumi, these poems are all, ultimately, songs of love.

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    Boy from Bethulie :An Autobiography
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    “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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    Bury Me at the Marketplace: Es’kia Mphahlele and Company Letters 1943–2006
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    When Chabani Manganyi published the first edition of selected letters 25 years ago as a companion volume to Exiles and Homecomings: A Biography of Es’kia Mphahlele, the idea of Mphahlele’s death was remote and poetic. The title, Bury Me at the Marketplace, suggested that immortality of a kind awaited Mphahlele, in the very coming and going of those who remember him and whose lives he touched. It suggested, too, the energy and magnanimity of Mphahlele, the man, whose personality and intellect as a writer and educator would carve an indelible place for him in South Africa’s public sphere. That death has now come and we mourn it. Manganyi’s words at the time have acquired a new significance: in the symbolic marketplace, he noted, “the drama of life continues relentlessly and the silence of death is unmasked for all time.” The silence of death is certainly unmasked in this volume, in its record of Mphahlele’s rich and varied life: his private words, his passions and obsessions, his arguments, his loves, hopes, achievements, and even some of his failures. Here the reader will find many facets of the private man translated back into the marketplace of public memory. Despite the personal nature of the letters, the further horizons of this volume are the contours of South Africa’s literary and cultural history, the international affiliations out of which it has been formed, particularly in the diaspora that connects South Africa to the rest of the African continent and to the black presence in Europe and the United States. This selection of Mphahlele’s own letters has been greatly expanded; it has also been augmented by the addition of letters from Mphahlele’s correspondents, among them such luminaries as Langston Hughes and Nadine Gordimer. It seeks to illustrate the networks that shaped Mphahlele’s personal and intellectual life, the circuits of intimacy, intellectual inquiry, of friendship, scholarship, and solidarity that he created and nurtured over the years. The letters cover the period from November 1943 to April 1987, 44 of Mphahlele’s mature years and most of his active professional life. The correspondence is supplemented by introductory essays from the two editors, by two interviews conducted with Mphahlele by Manganyi and by Attwell’s insightful explanatory notes.

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    Celebrating Bosman : A Centenary Selection of Herman Charles Bosman’s Stories (1905-2005)
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    Herman Charles Bosman, was one of South Africa’s best-loved and most popular writers. Bosman’s stories have become well-loved. This collection contains many favourite stories of the wars and loves, prejudices and insights of a backveld Afrikaner community.

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    Dark outsider: three plays
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    Life in exile, the poet Roy Campbell, and the world of a boys’ boarding school are the three topics explored in this, the first collection of the work of one of South Africa’s leading playwrights, Anthony Akerman.

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    Fools, Bells and the Habit of Eating
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    Cupidity, corruption and conciliation are the themes of three plays in this collection: The Mother of All Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on material in which the protagonist gets his comeuppance. ‘You Fool, how can the sky fall?’ is an unbridled study in grotesquerie, reflecting a belief.

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    Fools, Bells and the Habit of Eating: Three Satires
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    Cupidity, corruption and conciliation are the themes of the three plays in this collection: The Mother of all Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on materialism in which the protagonist gets his come-uppance.

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  • Lie on Your Wounds: The prison correspondence of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
    Lie on Your Wounds: The prison correspondence of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe
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    This book collates nearly 300 prison letters to and from Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, inspirational political leader and first President of the Pan-Africanist Congress. These letters are testimony to the desolate conditions of his imprisonment and to his unbending commitment to the cause of African liberation.

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    Love, Crime and Johannesburg: A Musical
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    ‘Why bother to rob a bank, when you can own a bank?’ asked Bertold Brecht. The question is reiterated in the very Brechtian Love, Crime and Johannesburg, the story of Jimmy ‘Long Legs’ Mangane and the trouble he gets into in the new South Africa. Jimmy, a people’s poet involved in the struggle, is accused of robbing a bank. He passionately asserts his innocence, claiming to work for the ‘secret secret service’.

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    Migrant Women of Johannesburg
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    Migrant Women Of Johannesburg is an astounding narrative on Johannesburg’s variably transnational citizenship. People from all around Africa and the world over converge on the city to a future far from their homelands and Caroline’s offering looks specifically at the women – living in Johannesburg, navigating its tense social and economic climate.

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    Missing: A Play
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    Missing is the story of Robert Khalipa , an ANC Cadre living in exile, who is very senior in the Organisation but is left out of the negotiations and almost forgotten in Sweden.

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    MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! and selected shorter plays
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    In his introduction to this collection, Stephen Gray states that ‘there can be no artistic grounds on which to uphold a belief that “short” implies “lesser”‘; he goes on to make the point that ‘Fugard seems naturally to be most at ease when working in compact dense forms’.

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    My Children! My Africa!, and Selected Shorter Plays
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    In his introduction to this collection, Stephen Gray states that ‘there can be no artistic grounds on which to uphold a belief that “short” implies “lesser”‘; he goes on to make the point that ‘Fugard seems naturally to be most at ease when working in compact dense forms’.

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    My life & Valley Song
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    My Life is based on the diaries of five South African girls who were growing into womanhood in 1994

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    Nothing but the Truth – John Kani
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    Nothing but the Truth is the story of two brothers, of sibling rivalry, of exile, of memory and reconciliation, and the ambiguities of freedom. Nothing but the Truth (2002) was John Kani’s debut as sole playwright and was first perfomed in the Market Threatre in Johannesburg.

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    Our Lady of Benoni
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    Through five colourful characters, three of them living out their very individual lives in an unnamed public park in Johannesburg, Zakes Mda explores the plight of women and children in a patriarchal and male-dominated twenty-first century world.

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    Portraits of African Writers
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    This is a stunning collection of more than 100 portraits, in black and white, of writers and, in particular, South Africa.

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