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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ends , are told for the first time over the news : in a 40 - second voice report , we
relate how Phindile Mfeti told his wife that he was going off to have his jeans
shortened , and then disappeared without a trace . How she later found on his
In 1986 , on 3 March – it was a Monday if I am not mistaken – the comrades were
asking about Christopher Piet , who is my son . They told me that some children
had been shot at Marais . So I went to the police station , and I asked the police ...
We in this country have failed in a sense – the things told here surpass the
wildest imaginings of any writer . Nowhere in our literature do you find captured
the extent of the pathos , the pain , the horror , the voices of this country . Shouldn
' t we ...
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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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