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Sol Plaatje - A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932 (Paperback): Brian Willan Sol Plaatje - A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876-1932 (Paperback)
Brian Willan
R380 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R81 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Sol Plaatje is celebrated as one of South Africa’s most accomplished political and literary figures. A pioneer in the history of the black press, editor of several newspapers, he was one of the founders of the African National Congress in 1912, led its campaign against the notorious Natives Land Act of 1913, and twice travelled overseas to represent the interests of his people. He wrote a number of books, including – in English – Native Life in South Africa (1916), a powerful denunciation of the Land Act and the policies that led to it, and a pioneering novel, Mhudi (1930). Years after his death his diary of the siege of Mafeking was retrieved and published, providing a unique view of one of the best known episodes of the South African War of 1899–1902. At the same time Plaatje was a proud Morolong, fascinated by his people’s history. He was dedicated to Setswana, and set out to preserve its traditions and oral forms so as to create a written literature. He translated a number of Shakespeare’s plays into Setswana, the first in any African language, collected proverbs and stories, and even worked on a new dictionary. He fought long battles with those who thought they knew better over the particular form its orthography should take. This book tells the story of Plaatje’s remarkable life, setting it in the context of the changes that overtook South Africa during his lifetime, and the huge obstacles he had to overcome. It draws upon extensive new research in archives in southern Africa, Europe and the US, as well as an expanding scholarship on Plaatje and his writings. This biography sheds new light not only on Plaatje’s struggles and achievements but upon his personal life and his relationships with his wife and family, friends and supporters. It pays special attention to his formative years, looking to his roots in chiefly societies, his education and upbringing on a German-run mission, and his exposure to the legal and political ideas of the nineteenth-century Cape Colony as key factors in inspiring and sustaining a life of more or less ceaseless endeavour.

Sol Plaatje - Selected Writings (Paperback): Brian Willan Sol Plaatje - Selected Writings (Paperback)
Brian Willan
R352 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R73 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Sol Plaatje is one of South Africa's most important political and literary figures. A pioneer in the history of the black press, he was one of the founders of the African National Congress, a leading spokesman for black opinion throughout his life, and the author of three well-known books: Mafikeng Diary, Native Life in South Africa, and his historical novel, Mhudi. These books are not Plaatje's only claim to fame.

In the course of a prolific career he wrote letters to the press, newspaper articles and editorials, pamphlets, political speeches, evidence to government commissions of enquiry, unpublished autobiographical writings, and many personal letters. Together they provide both an engaging personal record and a very readable - and revealing - commentary on South African social and political affairs during the era of segregation, from 1899 through to Plaatje's tragically early death in 1932. What he wrote has a unique historical importance, all the more meaningful from the perspective of a democratic South Africa.

Brian Willan has assembled and edited this fascinating collection from a variety of disparate and often obscure sources, making a comprehensive selection of Plaatje's writings available to a wider audience.

Sol Plaatje's native life in South Africa - Past and present (Paperback): Janet Remmington, Brian Willan, Bhekizizwe... Sol Plaatje's native life in South Africa - Past and present (Paperback)
Janet Remmington, Brian Willan, Bhekizizwe Peterson
R380 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R81 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

First published in 1916, Sol Plaatje's Native Life in South Africa was written by one of the South Africa's most talented early 20th-century black leaders and journalists. Plaatje's pioneering book arose out of an early African National Congress campaign to protest against the discriminatory1913 Natives Land Act. Native Life vividly narrates Plaatje's investigative journeying into South Africa's rural heartlands to report on the effects of the Act and his involvement in the deputation to the British imperial government. At the same time it tells the bigger story of the assault on black rights and opportunities in the newly consolidated Union of South Africa - and the resistance to it. Originally published in war-time London, but about South Africa and its place in the world, Native Life travelled far and wide, being distributed in the United States under the auspices of prominent African-American W E B Du Bois. South African editions were to follow only in the late apartheid period and beyond. The aim of this multi-authored volume is to shed new light on how and why Native Life came into being at a critical historical juncture, and to refl ect on how it can be read in relation to South Africa's heightened challenges today. Crucial areas that come under the spotlight in this collection include land, race, history, mobility, belonging, war, the press, law, literature, language, gender, politics, and the state.

The Mafeking Diary of Sol Plaatje (Paperback, Centenary ed): Sol T. Plaatje, John Comaroff, Brian Willan et al. The Mafeking Diary of Sol Plaatje (Paperback, Centenary ed)
Sol T. Plaatje, John Comaroff, Brian Willan et al.
R429 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R26 (6%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This diary offers a view of the siege of Mafeking, one of the most famous sieges of the South African War. The author, Sol Plaatje, was one of the founders of the African National Congress in 1912. Additional material from oral and archival research has also been incorporated into this edition. South Africa: David Philip/New Africa Books

Sol Plaatje - Selected Writings (Paperback): Sol T. Plaatje, Brian Willan Sol Plaatje - Selected Writings (Paperback)
Sol T. Plaatje, Brian Willan; Edited by Brian Willan 1
R813 Discovery Miles 8 130 Within 7 - 15 working days

Sol T. Plaatje is one of South Africa's most important political and literary figures. A pioneer in the history of the black press, he was one of the founders of the African National Congress, a leading spokesman for black opinion throughout his life, and the author of three well-known books: Mafeking Diary, Native Life in South Africa, and his historical novel, Mhudi. These books are not Plaatje's only claim to fame. In the course of a prolific career he wrote letters to the press, newspaper articles and editorials, pamphlets, political speeches, evidence to government commissions of enquiry, unpublished autobiographical writings, and many personal letters. Together they provide both an engaging personal record and a very readable -- and revealing -commentary on South African social and political affairs during the era of segregation, from 1899 to Plaatje's tragically early death in 1932. What he wrote has a unique historical importance, all the more meaningful from the perspective of the 1990s. Brian Willan has assembled and edited this fascinating collection from a variety of disparate and often obscure sources, making a comprehensive selection of Plaatje's writings available to a wider audience for the first time.

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