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Captured in Time: Five Centuries of South African Writing

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The time has come to delve into the story of South Africa’s turbulent history – a story of exploration and conquest, rampant growth and war, oppression and ultimately, liberation.

This selection of writings, from the most illuminating, entertaining and significant works written about the country and its diverse people, covers almost five centuries – from the earliest encounters between colonists and the original inhabitants to the discovery of unimaginable wealth on the diamond ...

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Overview

The time has come to delve into the story of South Africa’s turbulent history – a story of exploration and conquest, rampant growth and war, oppression and ultimately, liberation.

This selection of writings, from the most illuminating, entertaining and significant works written about the country and its diverse people, covers almost five centuries – from the earliest encounters between colonists and the original inhabitants to the discovery of unimaginable wealth on the diamond and gold fields, from the Boer War and its bitter legacy to the greater tragedy of apartheid and its eventual demise.

South Africa’s rich history – a story of exploration and conquest, of racial oppression and, ultimately, liberation – deserves to be told in the raw. Here, then, are the words not so much of historians, biographers and journalists but of settlers, explorers, hunters, travellers, missionaries, soldiers and politicians as well as of novelists, playwrights and poets.

The writers are settlers, explorers, administrators, missionaries, hunters, travellers, novelists, playwrights, poets and politicians. They include Jan van Riebeeck, the first Dutch governor of the Cape, whose journal is the most detailed account in history of a colony's founding; Mazisi Kunene, the Xhosa poet, who chronicled the rise of Shaka, the Zulu empire builder, in epic verse; W C Scully, who took part in the diamond rush at Kimberley that set South Africa on the path to unimaginable wealth; Jan Smuts, the Boer War general who, with Cecil Rhodes, the arch Imperialist, was one of the architects of apartheid; and Nelson Mandela, apartheid's most famous victim, who became its nemesis. The novelists include two Nobel prizewinners, Nadine Gordimer and John Maxwell Coetzee.

All have been eye-witnesses to South Africa's long journey from subjugation to freedom.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781868423781
  • Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN CLARE went to school and university in Cape Town and first worked as a journalist on Drum magazine and its sister weekly, Post. He was forced to leave South Africa in 1965 and not allowed back for 25 years. In Britain, he worked for The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, ITN and the BBC and has won awards for his newspaper, radio and television journalism. He lives in London but his heart is in Cape Town.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Timeline xi

Chapter 1 First Contacts: A Hedge of Bitter Almonds 3

Chapter 2 Into the Interior: Bushmen and Hottentots 30

Chapter 3 Into the Interior: The Travails of Travel 57

Chapter 4 The Cape 150 Years on: Boers, Slaves and Landscape 78

Chapter 5 Animals and Hunters 97

Chapter 6 'Kaffir Wars', Settlers and Missionaries 128

Chapter 7 'Vacillation varied with Tyranny' 165

Chapter 8 Diamonds, Gold and Cecil Rhodes 195

Chapter 9 An Emergent Country 219

Chapter 10 The Boer War 251

Chapter 12 Gold and Nationalism 345

Chapter 13 Fighting for Freedom 375

Chapter 14 The Apotheosis of Apartheid 412

Chapter 15 A New Beginning 451

Acknowledgements 503

Select Bibliography 509

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