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Conversations with Myself (English Edition)

Conversations with Myself (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Nelson Mandela
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“A prisoner became a free man; a liberation figure became a passionate voice for reconciliation; a party leader became a president who advanced democracy….He has done so much to change his country, and the world, that it is hard to imagine the history of the last several decades without him.”
—from the foreword by President Barack Obama

“A literary album…Intensely moving, raw, and unmediated…Provides the fullest picture yet of Nelson Mandela…A necessary book.” —Peter Godwin, The Observer (London)

“There are fascinating glimpses of the inner man, and flashes of his celebrated humor….Conversations presents a Mandela more people may feel they can emulate.” —Chicago Tribune

“This book will reduce the reader to both rapture and tears....Deeply moving.” —Financial Times (London)

“A truly unprecedented moment in publishing…Stunning…Nothing short of a monumental historical document.” —The Daily Beast

“This book will reduce the reader to both rapture and tears.” —Alec Russell, Financial Times
“Outstanding for what it offers. . . Its collection of letters and meditations, together with its thorough index and appendix, belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in the nature of power and resistance.”
—J.M. Ledgard, The New York Times Review of Books


“What emerges from these extraordinary fragments is a sort of scrapbook that offers a rare portrait of the real man behind the legend and visionary leader … John Kani, whose voice and delivery is uncannily close to Mandela’s own, reads, making this Mandela mosaic come alive.” – BookPage

“…Kani reads with accented English that sounds similar to Mandela’s own voice (heard in bonus interviews). Kani effectively makes transcribed interviews seem spontaneous as he appropriately interjects pauses and inflections…Choral and instrumental music from the Soweto region separate sections” –Booklist

“…the writings reveal a man thinking himself into the great statesman he became. His intellect, humor, and drive shine from his words.” – AudioFile



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...die Gefängniszelle ist der ideale Ort, sich selber kennenzulernen und regelmäßig und realistisch den Lauf seiner Gedanken und Gefühle zu erforschen.
In der Beurteilung unseres Erfolges als Menschen tendieren wir dazu, uns auf äußere Dinge zu konzentrieren, wie unsere Stellung in der Gesellschaft, unseren Einfluss und unseren Beliebtheitsgrad, unseren Reichtum und unsere Ausbildung. Diese Kriterien sind natürlich wichtig, wenn man seinen Erfolg in materieller Hinsicht messen will - und es ist völlig verständlich, wenn sich viele Menschen abmühen, um das alles zu erreichen.
Aber: Innere Faktoren sind wahrscheinlich viel entscheidender in der Beurteilung der Entwicklung als menschliches Wesen: Ehrlichkeit, Aufrichtigkeit, Einfachheit, Menschlichkeit, reine Großzügigkeit, die Überwindung der Eitelkeit, die Bereitschaft anderen zu dienen - alles Eigenschaften, die in der Seele jedes Menschen leicht zugänglich sind - sind das Fundament des geistlichen Lebens.
Ein weiterkommen in diesem Bereich ist unvorstellbar ohne ernsthaftes In-sich-Gehen, ohne sich selbst und seine Schwächen und Fehler zu kennen.
Wenn die Gefängniszelle auch sonst zu nichts anderem gut ist, gibt sie doch die Möglichkeit, sich täglich mit der Gesamtheit des eigenen Verhältnisses auseinanderzusetzen, das Schlechte zu überwinden und alle guten Eigenschaften zu entfalten.
Tägliche Meditation von etwa 15 Minuten täglich vor dem Einschlafen, kann sehr fruchtbar sein in diesem Zusammenhang. Am Anfang mag es schwierig sein, die negativen Charakteristika in Deinem Leben zu betrachten, aber der 10. Versuch kann vielleicht eine reiche Belohnung bringen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen großartig 2. September 2013
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großartige Einsichten in das Denken eines großen Menschen-seine Ehrlichkeit, die uneitle Arte seiner Selbstanalyse kommt aus allen seinen Briefen aus dem Gefängnis, biografischen Betrachtungen nach seiner Entlassung etc hervor. Gerade Mandela warnt davor, Autobiografien als Gelegenheit zu mißbrauchen, sich selbst gut und seine Gegner schlecht ins Licht zu setzen bzw solchen Ansätzen mit Skepsis zu begegnen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen world literature 13. August 2014
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To have the priviledge to overhear the conversation of a great man with himself is an opportunity not often found. You should use it yourself!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Schwierig 16. Mai 2011
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Diesen Geschichten zu folgen finde ich recht schwierig, man muss sich sehr konzentrieren. Leider gibt es auch keine zeitliche Reihenfolge und es wird immer hin- und hergesprungen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mandela The Man 15. Oktober 2010
Von Cory Geurts - Veröffentlicht auf
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"Conversations With Myself" is a unique book. It is an intuitively organized compilation of excerpts from the notebooks and diaries Mandela kept while imprisoned for 27 years, personal files, correspondence, presidential speeches, interview transcripts, and the unpublished sequel to his autobiography. It is a snapshot in time, beginning before his incarceration in 1963 and ending after the post-apartheid transition period of the 1990's.

The intimacy provided by these most personal of documents is truly special. Readers will connect with Mandela not only on an intellectual basis but also on a deeply emotional level. This is Mandela the prisoner, the parent, the husband, and the president.

It is important to keep in mind that this book is an archive. It may seem somewhat disjointed if compared to narrative books. There are some draft letters, incomplete outlines, thought fragments, and journal snippets. This is the nature of an archive, and though it is well-edited, this book may take some getting used to.

Instead of one or two sections of photos in the middle of the book, readers will find copies of some of the actual source documents, mostly written in Mandela's own hand, every few pages. Several useful appendices are included: a timeline, maps, a list of abbreviations, and list of "People, Places, and Events" which I found to be indispensable.

The publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, offers a brief reading group guide on their website at fsgbooks (dot com). Even readers who are unable to participate in a group discussion like myself are likely to find this resource to be quite helpful.

"Conversations With Myself" is the perfect companion volume to Mandela's critically-acclaimed 1994 autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela : With Connections (HRW Library)" Those studying Mandela may want to start with "Long Walk To Freedom" since it begins with his childhood and covers his life up until the time he became president.

For casual readers, no prerequisite reading is necessary to enjoy this book. This is a story born out of confinement but never lonely; a tale of some sorrow but not despair; a message not of apathy but of hope. Mandela's amazing resiliency is one of the constant factors in this story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Nelson Mandela Declares He Is No Saint". 17. Oktober 2010
Von M. Mariba - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a rather very interesting & personal book, composed of Nelson Mandela's vast archive material in the form of letters, papers, conversations, interviews & speeches/recordings he made/written while in Robben Island as a prisoner, after his release from prison & when he was the first democratic elected President of South Africa and the book is titled "Conversations With Myself". It has been put together by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, dedicated to his grand-daughter who died in a car accident in June this year during Fifa Soccer World Cup 2010 & is foreworded by President Barack Obama.

The book outlines Nelson Mandela's views among others on leadership & as well as his fallability as a human being : he was quite 'anxious/uncomfortable' while in Robben Island that he was being regarded/portrayed as a Saint by some followers/quarters. He does not however regard himself as a Saint even though his definition of a "Saint is a sinner who keeps on trying/repenting"!

This book is an excellent read because of a diversity of material contained : it's not like a story with a plot or narrative thread. Thus this book can be studied in bits/chunks as you wish with ease without loosing 'the flow' of the book. Some of his letters/speeches reflected/presented in this book are in Nelson Mandela's own handwriting, making this book rather very personal & special (collectable). This book, "Nelson Mandela : Conversations With Myself", is a highly recommended reading from one of the most famous prisoners in the world, known for his fight for human rights (Nobel Peace Prize Winner), reconciliation & a humble personality (and hence his declaration as no Saint).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Different but well put together 13. November 2010
Von Wayne Chan - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have never read an autobiography before but is not one.It is put together by notes he made,letters he wrote and interviews.From all these bits and pieces there is a great flow and easy to read.It brings to the reader his great thoughts and views on specific events that happened to him during his life.

If you cant meet the man,see the man or get close to the man this is an alternative to get a chance to reach out to him though this book of personal letters and notes.

I recommend this to anyone to sit back and change from the trash that is pumped out from authors every day and think and feel what this great man is feeling.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen To be read for pleasure and enjoyment 1. Januar 2011
Von Jacques COULARDEAU - Veröffentlicht auf
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The latest and probably last book written or at least designed by Nelson Mandela himself. It is a trip back into our past because he is our past. As far as I remember Nelson Mandela was standing there as the "eternal" prisoner of South Africa. We signed petitions, we demonstrated, we read poems demanding his liberation, we took part in exhibitions to express our solidarity. And one day he was free and he has remained, even when he was the President of South Africa, or when we can see him in a film, documentary or fiction, that symbol of the eternal prisoner who will always stand for the want, lack and need, of liberation, for everyone everywhere to be liberated and free.

But this book goes so far beyond this simple recollection of ours. It depicts a full panorama of his life, his thoughts, and his feelings. Small details, small events, small fights, small victories that build a full story, a myth even, a dream of a future that has the deepest roots in the past. We feel his fears and his joys, his frustrations and his satisfactions when something is refused to him, when something is retained from him, when something is granted to him, even if with some grumbling and resentment. Life is a long series of small events and the magnitude of some is not in the events themselves but in the symbolical value they take in the minds and the eyes of the people who witness the events.

And Nelson Mandela is so true to life, so naïve too. When he meets Eskimos for the first time and confronts his preconceived idea of Eskimos as uneducated people living in the frozen wild and hunting polar bears with the reality of late teenagers going to school and adults who are holding important positions in society, he retains his slightly biased surprise at a reality he could not imagine before and astonishes him still. It is simple situations like that one which make the book warm and human. When he is the "victim" of autograph hunters in London he yields because they waited a whole day for him and he had promised on his honor, a promise which they remind him of.

And he enjoys these small facts, events, circumstances. That enjoyment is so visible and palpable in all the pages that we just wonder how he has been able to retain such ability to rejoice in simple facts after so many years spent in prison and at times in the worst imaginable conditions. But he does and that is the myth. Some other books, some films show him doing some ancillary simple tasks like serving tea to his guest, though he is the president of South Africa, just out of respect for that guest of his from whom he is going to ask a favor.

That tone and atmosphere in the whole book transforms it into a story that we follow page after page, five or ten pages at a time, enjoying our making it last as long as we can, stretching the pleasure over several weeks. It is a rare book for me since it forced me to go slow, read slow, enjoy the pages and the sweet South African "idiosyncrasies" of his language and the corrections that are brought to the text here and there. I just invested this book in a long period of reading instead of just running from cover to cover. And it is my main everyday task to read books and read them fast. But this one has to be read in small installments to feel its matter penetrate our minds and feel relaxed and pleasured by the simple words and the simple feelings of a man who has been the greatest inspirer of this world for at least forty years.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 8 Saint Denis, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mandela 2. Oktober 2012
Von K.V.Veloo - Veröffentlicht auf
Published by MACMILLANM, 2010, 454 pages
ISBN: 978-0-230-74901-6
Reviewed by KVVeloo

It would have made sense for me if I had read his biography: "Long Walk to Freedom" first before attempting to work on his conversations. I found it disjointed and difficult to follow the sequences of his life. There were too many political actors and family members on stage and keeping up with their names and positions made the conversations difficult to follow. The larger part of the book covers the conversations he had with Ahmed Kathrada, an anti-apartheid activist and leading member of ANC; and Richard Stengel, editor and author who collaborated with Mandela on his autobiography. The rest of the book is a collection of his letters to his colleagues in ANC and on family matters covering a wide range of personal matters and politics.

If one had read his autobiography first Mandela's conversations would seem superfluous except to those who would to want to enter deeper into the mind of Mandela as he struggled to keep his sanity over 28 years in prison.

To me, as I read, I felt I wish I was there in history to give a fighting hand to the freedom fighters. I felt so sorry for them- stripped of their freedom in their own land.

What the colonialists did to South Africa and, indeed, the world over in the past is unforgivable. As Mandela puts it: "The plundering of indigenous land, exploitation of its mineral wealth and other raw materials, confinement of its people to specific areas, and the restriction of their movement have, with notable exceptions, been the cornerstones of colonialism throughout the land."(pg. 395)

What the Afrikaners did to the blacks is beyond human conception.

When one reads his conversations, one cannot but empathise with his continual sorrows: the sorest of which was the demise of his mother and son. Mandela was denied the opportunity to attend both funerals. It was an unkind cut inflicted by the apartheid administration. He was particularly attached to his mother. The son died in car accident.

After visiting him in captivity, he saw his mother walking towards the boat that would bring her back to the mainland. He had a premonition that he would not see her again. In a letter to a social worker he laments: " I had entertained the hope that I would have the privilege of looking after her in old age and be on her side when the fatal hour struck" (pg. 159). Sadly this did not happen.

One of the finest speeches Mandela made before he became President was following the assassination of ANC leader Chris Hani in 1993 by one Janusz Walus, an Afrikaner (pp 337) All hell was about to break loose. He reached out to both the whites and blacks. He appealed for calm and tried to diffuse the anger among the blacks. I suppose he knew the loser will, as usual be the blacks. It reminds me of the speech Brutus made at Caesar's funeral full of emotion and anger over the killing of Caesar. Mandela's speech was powerful and some say it is of Presidential quality although he was not as yet President of South Africa. He opens his speech with a powerful statement: "A white man, full of prejudice and hate, came to our country and committed a foul deed so foul that our whole nation now teeters on the brink of disaster".

Mandela is a great soul as great as Mahatma Ghandi whom he admired and followed his path.

The book is an easy read, conversational, but as I said those who wish to tackle the "Conversations with Myself" should read his autobiography first.

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