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I am done with this book. Several people have mentioned it to me, and I’ve been told it is the definitive book on the TRC, so when I saw it in the library I thought I’d better read it. Even when I type it, it ends up as either turth or trth.

I am changed forever. But what really put me off was that she leads the reader to believe that this is not in fact about her but about the nation, about the collective trauma of the past and about the victims. Wow, what a powerful account of post-apartheid South Africa and the challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Because it is there… where the truth is closest.

The narrative is often traumatic, vivid, and provocative. Apr 05, Barry Levy rated it it was amazing. I feel like I understood the story-line even after not finishing it. It does, however, tell somewhat more about the effects that hearing of these atrocities had on the people who heard about them, including the journalists themselves. Yet this book is a necessity in beginning to comprehend the tragedy of apartheid, in “experiencing” some of its atrocities. So I sit around. View mmy 4 comments.

But how could this country—one of spectacular beauty and promise—come to terms with its ugly past?

She is married to architect John Samuel and has four children: Dec 12, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: There was in fact quite a bit of information about the TRC and the Apartheid era human rights violations.


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Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa

I finally read it this year, a month after the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

As an Keog, I needed a bit more play by play, but I don’t know if I should hold that against this book, which exists in a sea of other more direct books on the same subject. Certainly a valuable read, but only if you have the stomach to handle it, the time to investigate references and events for which the glossary and cast of characters are invaluableand the capacity to think through an incredible tang 3. Recommended by Ruby Russell:. And third, the author’s thoughts, background, and life memoir.

Antje wrestles with each idea, with each personal and national struggle in a chameleon-like display of writing that can at times be insightful, inspiring, poetic, analytic, emotional, political, historical, cokntry even humorous–but always thinking and feeling deeply.

It is a highly readable and honest account of the trials which combines story-telling with political analysis, shifts into poetry when prose seems inadequate and carries the reader on a journey through a damaged nation’s self-examination. If was really nervous and awkward when I asked her to sign my book, though. During apartheid against black population, and now after it, against white people.

I’m fascinated by this book. How can one trust when the most basic aspects of life have been violated? Established inthe commission faced the awesome task of hearing the testimony of the victims of apartheid as well as the oppressors. It is flat out humbling to grasp even a little of what people have endured, to consider how good humans get at denying the humanity of another.

Apr 26, AP rated it it was amazing Shelves: This elegant manifesto for justice will haunt the soul long after the reading is done. Why did so many perpetrators of brutal crimes feel no compassion for their victims? In addition, there is a feeling of tension which never falls, as the reader is constantly confronted with new dramas.


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The author is a famous Afrikaaner poet, and her voice is present throughout the book. The Commission tried to strike a smull between the need for truth and the need for justice. The final number was closer to 8, of which 2, were given a public hearing. Why must perpetrators acknowledge the wrong they did?

It has to be this part of the country that turns us inside skull, that renders us: One of the really powerful ide Wow, what a powerful account of post-apartheid South Africa and the challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

It’s not something that the author focuses on only briefly, but it’s something that has been on my mind a lot and something that I think is particularly relevant to people’s responsiveness and open-ness to compromise. Her poetic prose reports, questions, and celebrates the anguish, anger, and justification surrounding the stories truths of the victims and perpetrators of apartheid.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Andries, Susan, Philip, and Willem. Her high intellectualism together with overt contempt for the “overweight men talking about rugby” makes her personal journey unrepresentative of any demografic other than a few intellectual elite-types.

Morally brave, politically brave, aesthetically challenging, disturbingly detailed, passionately felt, exacting in its witness to outrage. And the accounts show the effects on those who suffered as a result.