[Distributed Books]: Conditional Tense: Memory and Vocabulary after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“Her accounts are so powerful, her resilience, humor, and compassion so engaging. . . To have written this book is heroic.”Sunday Times, on Antije Krog’s Begging to be Black
Memory and Vocabulary after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
by Antjie Krog 

Published by Seagull Books & distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication date: December 6, 2013 264 pages ▪ 5 x 8-½ ▪ $30.00/£21.00
UK publication date: December 9, 2013 Cloth ISBN-13: 978-0-85742-174-6

When apartheid ended in 1994, a radiant optimism suggested a bright future for the new, unified South Africa. But today, even in the midst of a vibrant economy, the cumulative effect of the country’s corrosive past—three hundred years of colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War, the displacement, dispossession, and disenfranchisement of millions of people, and the ravages of racism and capitalist exploitation—continues to eat away at what Desmond Tutu admiringly called “the Rainbow Nation.”

Using the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission as starting point, acclaimed writer Antjie Krog’s essays explore texts from every corner of South Africa in an attempt to remap the borders of her country’s communities. In these pages, texts from black women, Afrikaner men, and comic strips are discussed alongside ideas from African philosophers, an archbishop, and a Nobel Prize winner. Through this extraordinary marriage of academic observation and poetic intervention, Krog endeavors to move South Africa beyond the present moment and toward a vocabulary of grace and care.

Antjie Krog is a poet, writer, journalist, and professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She has published twelve volumes of poetry and three non-fiction books: Country of My Skull, A Change of Tongue, and Begging to be Black.

Please contact Margaret Hagan/ mhagan@press.uchicago.edu/ 773.702.0279 for more information.


Looking for a book published by a scholarly press?
Search our repository of 42,000 academic and university press titles to see if we can point you to the book you need. Read More