Friday, December 13, 2013

The country Nelson Mandela fought

You won't be able to open a newspaper or browse the Internet this week without seeing the smiling, benevolent face of Nelson Mandela. You will hear people who used to have him on their terrorist lists praise his life's work. You will hear people who supported him mutter that his presidency left the country's poor no richer. You may even come across those who openly point out Nelson Mandela's violent past and the fact that he supported South Africa's armed struggle throughout most of his life (more details here).

What I want to talk about today, though, is the context. I want to tell you about the South Africa that Nelson Mandela was fighting. It was a beautiful land, a land impossible not to love, and you only need to read Alan Paton's classic CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY to feel it. But it was a land of many facets, many faces. Some people hated it, or thought they hated it (read about hating the South African flag here). Others were willing to die in its name.

And that's what my latest book, OPERATION GENOCIDE, is about: the government Nelson Mandela opposed, the people on either side of the barricades who didn't know better, and about the country that evokes political passion.

Read it. Think about it. And tell me what you thought.

Book trailer: http://yewalus.blogspot.co.nz/2013/06/operation-genocide-book-trailer.html


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