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There was this Goat: A New Book from Antjie Krog, Kopano Ratele and Nosisi Mpolweni

there-was-this-goat.jpgAntjie KrogKopano RateleNosisi Mpolweni “This book may prove to be one of the most significant texts of its time.”
– Duncan Brown, author of To Speak of This Land: Identity and Belonging in South Africa and Beyond

There was this Goat “is a unique and path breaking book. Quite apart from the fact that it is as riveting as a detective story, this is a book for the times.”
– Mark Sanders, author of Ambiguities of Witnessing: Law and Literature in the Time of a Truth Commission

On 23 April 1996, Notrose Nobomvu Konile lifted her hand and swore to tell the truth to the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was the mother of Zabonke Konile, a young man killed in what has become known as the Guguletu Seven incident.

Antjie Krog, reporting as a journalist at the time, was struck by the seeming incoherence of the testimony and, in 2004, colleagues Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele joined Krog in a closer investigation of Mrs Konile’s words.

The resulting three-year collaboration, drawing on different disciplinary and social backgrounds, has produced a fascinating account that leaves no detail of Mrs Konile’s narrative unexplored and poses questions about the unacknowledged assumptions that underpin research in this country. In addition, the book sheds light on the larger and highly relevant issues of how black and white South Africans can build bridges towards understanding one another across the cultural, social and economic divides that threaten our democracy.

About the authors

ANTJIE KROG is a poet, journalist and extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape.

NOSISI MPOLWENI is a lecturer in the Xhosa Department at the University of the Western Cape.

KOPANO RATELE is a professor in the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at UNISA.

Book Details

  • There was this Goat: Investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile edited by Antjie Krog, Nosisi Mpolweni and Kopano Ratele
    EAN: 9781869141660
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Photo courtesy Victor Dlamini and UWC


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 24th, 2009 @17:39 #

    This has to be a strong contender for Title of the Year. Looks fascinating.


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