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"This book provides a bridge across a gap of time which is hard to comprehend through orthodox historical accounts. The two writers, father and son, reflect the agonies, absurdities, hopes and fears in two quite different South Africas.
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"This book provides a bridge across a gap of time which is hard to comprehend through orthodox historical accounts. The two writers, father and son, reflect the agonies, absurdities, hopes and fears in two quite different South Africas. The first is the country entering a grim new phase of oppression during the relentless clampdown of apartheid in the late 1950s. The second is the country on the brink of the 21st century, liberated from a racist tyranny and vibrant with new opportunities and challenges, but facing all the confusions and tensions of that sudden freedom."
– Anthony Sampson

About the authors

Todd Matshikiza was born in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape in 1921. He was educated at Adams College in Natal and Lovedale Institute in the Eastern Cape where he later taught English and mathematics before moving to Johannesburg in 1949. In Johannesburg he rapidly established a reputation as a composer of jazz and choral music, and then as a journalist with Drum magazine and the Golden City Post. He wrote the score for the seminal musical King Kong, which opened in Johannesburg in 1959, and transferred to London in 1961. Todd and his family left South Africa in 1960, settling first in London, then Lusaka, Zambia. He died in Lusaka in 1968.

John Matshikiza was born in Johannesburg in 1954. He studied in Lusaka and London, and then worked as an actor, writer and director in theatre, film, radio and television in Britain from 1977 to 1991. He returned to South Africa in 1991, where he has been primarily directing and writing for theatre and television, as well as writing for the print media. He is an Associate Editor for the Mail & Guardian, and has recently been appointed Director at the Goree Institute in Senegal.

Parameters of Book: Book
Sub-title: South African Insights from Home and Abroad 1959-2000
Author: Todd Matshikiza & John Matshikiza
ISBN: 9780620262446
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Size (mm): 210x148mm
Pages: 224pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
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