Country of My Skull
Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in 1990 after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled. But how could this country - one of spectacular beauty and promise - come to terms with its ugly past? How could its people, whom the oppressive white government had pitted against one another, live side by side as friends and neighbors? To begin the healing process, Nelson Mandela created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, headed by the renowned cleric Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Established in 1995, the commission faced the awesome task of hearing the testimony of the victims of apartheid as well as the oppressors. In this book, Antjie Krog, a South African journalist and poet who has covered the work of the commission, recounts the drama, the horrors, the wrenching personal stories of the victims and their families. Through the testimonies of victims of abuse and violence, from the appearance of Winnie Mandela to former South African president P.W. Botha's extraordinary courthouse press conference, this award-winning poet leads us on an amazing journey.
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And now , as I look at Yengeni , yes , I see blood , his own blood on the hands of
Benzien and the Apartheid state . I see blood . The blood of Yengeni ' s friends
and comrades crushed and sucked out of their lungs by the heroes of Apartheid ...
Women had to do star - jumps naked , breasts flying , Fallopian tubes were
flooded with water until they burst , rats were pushed into vaginas . . . Women
have been made to stand the whole day with blood flowing down and drying on
their legs ...
In the square the trees forge blood . We meet the other poets . Somewhere in the
shimmering , a percu group is practising . There is raw honey from Casamance ,
cloth and jewellery from the Tuareg . We sit with two poets from Holland .
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2.5 stars Shortly after Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Committee was formed to listen to victims and perpetrators of apartheid. If perpetrators applied ... Read full review
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Country of My Skull is an astonishing book. Krog's attempt to embrace, explicate, and bear witness to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission is complicated, creative, flawed, distressing ... Read full review
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