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She is married to architect John Samuel and has four children: Some of the stories are horrendous. Second, it is an exploration and analysis of political and moral philosophy relevant to, inspired by, and grounded in the TRC see President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The narrative is often traumatic, vivid, and provocative. She has published eight volumes of poetry. The vast majority of this book deals with testimony from victims of human rights abuses, white and black, and the hearings on amnesty conducted separately from the victims’ testimony.

Her work with Sandblast includes running photographic workshops in refugee camps in the Algerian Sahara. If pain initially destroys language, can language subsequently help you to capture a memory, to take control of it and liberate you from the tyranny of haunting memories?

While I wished for more context about certain characters and events, and sometimes couldn’t tell what was the author’s or another’s voice, several parts of the book struck me. Nov 02, Erika B.

Through the testimonies of victims of abuse and violence, from the appearance of Winnie Mandela to former South African president P. No trivia or quizzes yet. Genuine remorse and forgiveness were often distant ideals ahtjie reconciliation an ambiguous aim.

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I am also truly and deeply thankful that I am no Finally! I suspect that not much forgiveness has not been achieved. Because in their own discourse a woman, a black meida kaffermeid at that, had no right to have the strength to withstand them. I highly recommend this to anyone krpg an interest in history and restorative justice. Future under surveillance The cost of silence: This is somewhere between a memoir and an oral history project. In that sense it is rather introspective. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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What is the purpose of a reconciliation commission? As an American, 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. Emotive, almost spritual insight into SA’s Truth and Reconcilliation Commission and its meaning for sides who once thought they would never anyjie try to reconcile in a single room.

If they now deny knowledge or collusion, at least the argument had moved forward a step.

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I’d like to read countyr again. If I don’t, I die. Will it become a witch hunt? It has to be this part of the country that turns us inside out, that renders us: Yet that was fantastically short-sighted. This is a remarkable book.

Apr 05, Barry Levy rated it it was amazing. But it would probably have to span several semesters, maybe several years, because there’s so much here to think about.

Although it is a good read, brilliant, it is a tough read. It is one of the most difficult books emotionally I’ve ever read; I could only read 10 pages or so at a time before it became too much to take.

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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. Nov 14, Trudy Jaskela rated it it was ok. Quotes from Country of My Sku May 19, T.

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This nonfiction work mixes the historical tragedy with the personal one. Cities in conflict Homage to deformed cities. The victims ask the hardest of all the questions: Ten years ago, I visited South Africa for the first time. I am going to visit there in If anything I take from this book an incredible appreciation for the difficulty of the reconciliation process, the fragile state of politics in post-Apartheid South Africa, and the gray moral areas created by the ANC as it made the transition from fighting to governing.

Krog says that the trial went beyond law and into the realm of theology.

This is about her, Antjie Krog and her intellectual journey to come to terms with her continued priviledged position in South African society which is only mildly interesting in its own right. In she joined the Arts faculty of the University of the Western Cape.

In exposing factual truth and granting amnesty, success was reasonable. Tutu based his idea of reconciliation on Christian forgiveness, but drew more explicitly from Ubuntuthe African idea of shared humanity.

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

Jul 29, Jason Yang rated it really liked it. Naturally and unnaturally without words. A couple friends of mine remarked, on separate occasions, that they had berated their boyfriends over domestic trifles after having read some of the more vivid parts. This book by a white, multi-generational SA journalist tells in gory detail about the complex racial crimes as presented to the TRC, including the impact on her.

Antjie Krog was born in Kroonstad, South Africa. How can a new sense of humanity be fostered?