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

Antjie Krog
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8. August 2000
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. Repressive laws mandating separation of the races were thrown out. The country, which had been carved into a crazy quilt that reserved the most prosperous areas for whites and the most desolate and backward for blacks, was reunited. The dreaded and dangerous security force, which for years had systematically tortured, spied upon, and harassed people of color and their white supporters, 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. Amnesty was granted to those who offered a full confession of any crimes associated with apartheid. Since the commission began its work, it has been the central player in a drama that has riveted the country. 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.

Country of My Skull captures the complexity of the Truth Commission's work. The narrative is often traumatic, vivid, and provocative. Krog's powerful prose lures the reader actively and inventively through a mosaic of insights, impressions, and secret themes. This compelling tale is Antjie Krog's profound literary account of the mending of a country that was in colossal need of change.

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  • Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
  • Verlag: Broadway Books; Auflage: Reprint (8. August 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0812931297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812931297
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,2 x 14,2 x 2,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (7 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 104.354 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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In the year following South Africa's first democratic elections, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate human rights abuses committed under the apartheid regime. Presided over by God's own diplomat, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the first hearings of the commission were held in April 1996. During the following two years of hearings, South Africans were daily exposed to revelations and public testimony about their traumatic past, and--like the world that looked on--continued to discover that the relationship between truth and reconciliation is far more complex than they had ever imagined.

Antjie Krog, a prominent South African poet and journalist, led the South African Broadcasting Corporation team that for two years reported daily on the hearings. Extreme forms of torture, abuse, and state violence were the daily fare of the Truth Commission. Many of those involved with its proceedings, including Krog herself, suffered personal stresses--ill health, mental breakdown, dissolution of relationships--in the face of both the relentless onslaught of the truth and the continuing subterfuges of unrelenting perpetrators. Like the Truth Commission itself, Country of My Skull gives central prominence to the power of the testimony of the victims, combining a journalist's reportage skills with the poet's ability to give voice to stories previously unheard. --Rachel Holmes -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .

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"One of the best books of the year."
--The Economist

"This is a deeply moving account of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission--South Africa's attempt to come to terms with her often horrendous past. Antjie Krog writes with the sensitivity of a poet and the clarity of a journalist. Country of My Skull is a must-read for all who are fascinated by this unique attempt to deal with a post-conflict context. It is a beautiful and powerful book."
-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Trying to understand the new South Africa without the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be futile; trying to understand the commission without this book would be irresponsible."
-- André Brink, author of A Dry White Season

Antjie Krog has rendered the world a great service. This elegant manifesto for justice will haunt the soul long after the reading is done."
-- Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans

"Here is the extraordinary reportage of one who, eyes staring into the filthiest places of atrocity, poet's searing tongue speaking of them, is not afraid to go too far. Antjie Krog breaks all the rules of dispassionate recounts, the restraints of 'decent' prose, because this is where the truth might be reached and reconciliation with it is posited like a bewildered angel thrust down into hell."
-- Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Binnenperspektive 7. März 2002
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Antjie Krog hat in ihrem höchst informativen und zur Nachdenklichkeit zwingenden Buch auch ihre eigene Erfahrung als Farmertochter eingebracht, und dem Leser den südafrikanischen Teufelskreis plastisch vor Augen geführt: Die Verelendung der Schwarzen durch die Apartheidgesetze; die daraus für sie folgende Notwendigkeit von Diebstählen, so dass die Schwarzen in den Townships überleben konnten; die Bewaffnung der Weißen, um ihr Eigentum zu schützen; der wachsende Hass, der auf beiden Seiten zu weiteren Brutalisierungen führte: Der Farmerfamilie, die einen schwarzen Dieb erschossen hatte, wurde oft das Haus angesteckt und meist wurden vorher Familienmitglieder haßerfüllt gequält oder exekutiert. Antjie Krog zeigt auch, wie auch ihre weiße Familie nach der Demokratisierung des Landes gespalten wurde. Bei den einen lässt der Hass gegen die Schwarzen nicht nach. Ihr Bruder will auswandern. Antjie Krog fragt: „Wo willst du denn hin, Südafrika ist deine Heimat.“ Das ist ihre Botschaft an die Weißen Südafrikas. - Es ist eines der besten Bücher über das neue Südafrika, das ich auch der Binnenperspektive gelesen haben. Es ist ohne Einschränkung zu empfehlen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen catharsis for afrikaners 1. Januar 2000
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This book struck me, as an Afrikaner, as a catharsis in itself. It enacts what it describes. It is its own peculiar truth commission for each reader. Foreign readers will not share this special experience, but will be absolutely enthralled by the poetic rendition of what appears to be a struggle to get to grips, in literary terms, with an immense personal experience. There are some very disturbing parts. My criticism is that the self-conscious literary symbolism at times appears to be strained, and to be at odds with the dialogue, or with the dramatic moment. What is essentially brooding cogitation is often presented rather implausibly as natural dialogue. It should be remembered that Krog is a poet. One should read the book as one would a dramatic monologue displaying someone trying to cope with a confused flood of guilt, elation, sadness and hope. And racial shame. The book represents an experience well worth the inevitable depression that will accompany its reading. It is also an extremely successful presentation, in digestible and dramatic format, of a phenomenon that remains crucial to the post-apartheid South African reality. It is, in other words, good history and good journalism as well as good poetry.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Portrait of change 28. April 2000
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This book is a portrait painted with words. It depicts people during the clash of their ideologies and has such a dark theme; bringing to living color the violent aspect of a country caught in the fervor during change. It says look what people can do if they think there is a justification for it. There was no simple division of sides. All different races and agendas clashed, often against their own, as South Africa shuddered under the torrent of revolutionary storms. From Antjie Krog's book, sorrow is likely to be embedded directly into the reader's soul. The human toll for South Africa was high, and now history is left to judge the result. I've never been to South Africa, but a dear friend of mine lives there. I find both the book and the country fascinating.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An important book, full of sound and fury 17. Juli 1999
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Antjie Krog's book is an attempt to come to terms with South Africa's past through the experience of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I'm not too sure whether she succeded in that attempt by the end of the book, but what is undeniable is that it makes the reader understand the power of narrative in trying to give order to the past, however chaotic this might have been. I found Krog's poetic style somewhat distracting, and, sometimes, she dwells on irrelevant details. However, her accounts of the many testimonies she attended while reporting on the TRC are oftentimes powerful and heartwrenching, and they deserve to be read by anyone interested in understanding what was South Africa under the apartheid regime. I highly recommend this book.
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