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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She turns out to be the Tsonga translator , specially flown in this morning from
Johannesburg to translate for Tshikalange , who has sounded like an imbecile
the past three days because of poor translation . Her flight was late and she went
I ' m not a state witness of the Attorney - General and if I don ' t get amnesty here ,
I will be prosecuted . . . then I will have to go to jail where they will surely kill me . .
. so one cannot sleep at night . . . I live from the morning to the evening .
I have five children ; the fifth one is Jabulani , he is the one who passed away on
3 March 1986 . I am from Bloemfontein . ' On this day , 3 March 1986 , I was
working in the offices in town . I had to leave my house at half past four in the
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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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