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If anything I take from antuie 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. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

And yet This book is a compilation of testimony from south Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mar 22, Satu rated it it was ok. It thrusts me as a white South African into the sins of our fathers – ALL of our fathers – and reminds me, yet again, of the fragility of our beautiful people. How do people become dehumanized? If I don’t, I die. Whites can no longer deny what took place. What an interesting, frustrating read. 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?

Apr 14, Frances rated it really liked it Shelves: The Ammerdown Invitation seeks your participation in a new civic conversation about national security in the UK and beyond. 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.

This book, like the Commission itself, puts the personal experiences of individuals at the heart of South Africa’s evolving history.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. The heavy presence of Jerusalem Light Rail: The narrative is often traumatic, vivid, and provocative. KIRKUS REVIEW This searing examination is a compelling achievement that considers the nature of guilt, shame, and forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa, yet also anhjie feels exactly like what it is—a series of clumsily stitched-together news reports.

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I would have a hard time telling someone to put themselves through the emotional turmoil this book creates, but if you are interested in understanding South Africa and the many antjjie pains of apartheid, it is key reading. What is the purpose of a reconciliation commission? In exposing factual truth and granting amnesty, success was reasonable. DemocraciaAbierta Global platform for Latin American voices. One of the really powerful ide Wow, what a powerful account of post-apartheid South Africa and the challenges of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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

I’m giving this two stars rather than one however, for I did gain some knowledge of the inner workings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which I knew very little about before.

Published in, this book describes both the successes and failures of a commission attempting to help a country torn apart by years of inhumane acts. Country of My Skull turned out to be even more achingly personal, and the author far more willing to acknowledge her own failings.

Can this hand be played, or do we wait for a new generation to take our place? Although it is a good read, brilliant, it is a tough read. Syria’s peace When will Islamic State use its chemical weapons?

This book deals with the apartheid of South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee that was tasked with finding out the truth ocuntry what happened.

If I write this, I exploit and betray. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled.

One the one hand, it records the voices of the victims and some of the perpetrators of apartheid.

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I was expecting something like Helen Garner’s court reportage, in which the author is a character in the story. Ten years ago, I visited South Africa for the first time. Her account of the TRC is intensely personal and like the title says explores themes of guilt, sorrow and forgiveness.

Botha would not appear before the Commission at all. The result is a powerful and important document that leaves you with a haunting sense of the extremes of what it is to be human, from the most brutal acts of cruelty to most compassionate acts of forgiveness. Does the larger goal matter, if it is a noble one, does it justify smaller cruelties?

Amnesty was granted to those who offered a full confession of any crimes associated with apartheid. Why did so many perpetrators of brutal crimes feel no compassion for their victims? Established inthe commission faced the awesome wkull of hearing the testimony of the victims of apartheid as well as the oppressors. We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions.


As an American, I needed a bit m What an interesting, frustrating read. Skjll by Ruby Russell:. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in history and restorative justice. She details expertly the effects of such terrible revelations on white South Africans, most of whom had never thought or wanted to think about the true cost of sustaining apartheid; what had once seemed to them like standard-issue authoritarianism eventually was kroog as unmitigated evil, reminiscent of nothing so much as Nazi Germany.