Art and Revolution: The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist / Edition 1

Art and Revolution: The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist / Edition 1

by Diana Wylie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813927641

ISBN-13: 9780813927640

Pub. Date: 06/24/2008

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Thami Mnyele's life spanned the era of apartheid. He was born the same year the National Party won office and came of age in a time (the 1960s) and a place (Johannesburg) that offered a sensitive young black artist little encouragement. In 1985, in the waning days of apartheid, he was killed by South African Special Forces operatives in Gaborone, Botswana, where he

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Thami Mnyele's life spanned the era of apartheid. He was born the same year the National Party won office and came of age in a time (the 1960s) and a place (Johannesburg) that offered a sensitive young black artist little encouragement. In 1985, in the waning days of apartheid, he was killed by South African Special Forces operatives in Gaborone, Botswana, where he had joined the banned African National Congress. Although reticent by nature, he played a vanguard role in efforts to throw open the doors of South African culture.

Thami Mnyele's story sheds light on this tumultuous era from an unusual perspective: that of an artist and not a "young lion." Not only does Mnyele's story help us understand the birth of a modern African aesthetic; it also addresses the genesis of revolutionary commitment. How did a man come to face the prospect of martyrdom and learn to accept it? How did this choice affect what he was able to express as an artist?

Diana Wylie's beautifully written and illustrated literary biography reveals the struggles inside and around a gentle South African artist as he remade himself into a revolutionary soldier, and brings fresh insights to our understanding of South Africa's recent history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813927640
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
06/24/2008
Series:
Reconsiderations in Southern African History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Prologue 7

Ch. 1 Bruising 9

Ch. 2 Into the Vortex 25

Ch. 3 Tears 33

Ch. 4 Trying to Live an Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times 76

Ch. 5 Roots 117

Ch. 6 Making the Sun Rise 149

Ch. 7 Weapons of War 189

Ch. 8 Where is Home? 211

Epilogue: The War of Values 230

Afterword: Art and Revolution 236

Sources and Acknowledgements 251

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