It’s time to get our read on! Inspired by Nancy’s recent trip to South Africa, we at WIT whipped up a reading list of books to entice your travel appetite. Stay tuned for Nancy’s firsthand feedback later this week!
Luli Callinicos, The World That Made Mandela. A coffee-table book of images that tell the story of Nelson Mandela through place. From his birth in Qunu, to the Old Fort in Johannesburg where he was held prisoner, these images follow the footsteps of his remarkable journey.
Frank Welsh, History of South Africa. This one-volume history of South Africa is a general and authoritative overview. Welsh follows the country through its turbulent history into the present-day “Rainbow Nation.”
JM Coetzee, Disgrace. This book won Coetzee the Booker Prize for a second time, the first writer to ever do so. An austere and compelling story of one man’s downfall in the chaos immediately following the overthrow of Apartheid.
Vincent Carruthers, The Wildlife of Southern Africa: New Edition (2008). This best-selling field guide features over 2,000 plants and animals, with texts by leading experts. Lauded as the definitive companion to game parks and hikes, the book also showcases hundreds of vivid illustrations.
Niq Mhlongo, Way Back Home. One of the newest voices in the post-apartheid literary scene, the book follows a South African exile who returns to Mzansi after the fall of the nationalist regime, and his ambitions that eventually lead him astray.
Nigel Worden, Elizabeth van Heyningen, Vivian Bickford-Smith, Cape Town: The Making of a City. An intimate look into the complex city of Cape Town, showcases an array of paintings, maps, sketches and photographs.
Ed. Michael Chapman, The New Century of South African Poetry. An anthology of poetry from earliest oral culture to post-apartheid verses, including translations from the nation’s many languages.