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Add to Cart About Country of My Skull Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled. Repressive laws mandating separation of the races were thrown out. The country, which had been carved into a crazy quilt that reserved the most prosperous areas for whites and the most desolate and backward for blacks, was reunited. The dreaded and dangerous security force, which for years had systematically tortured, spied upon, and harassed people of color and their white supporters, was dismantled.

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Add to Cart About Country of My Skull Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. In one of the most miraculous events of the century, the oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled. Repressive laws mandating separation of the races were thrown out. The country, which had been carved into a crazy quilt that reserved the most prosperous areas for whites and the most desolate and backward for blacks, was reunited.

The dreaded and dangerous security force, which for years had systematically tortured, spied upon, and harassed people of color and their white supporters, was dismantled. But how could this country—one of spectacular beauty and promise—come to terms with its ugly past? How could its people, whom the oppressive white government had pitted against one another, live side by side as friends and neighbors?

Established in , the commission faced the awesome task of hearing the testimony of the victims of apartheid as well as the oppressors. Amnesty was granted to those who offered a full confession of any crimes associated with apartheid.

Since the commission began its work, it has been the central player in a drama that has riveted the country. In this book, Antjie Krog, a South African journalist and poet who has covered the work of the commission, recounts the drama, the horrors, the wrenching personal stories of the victims and their families. Through the testimonies of victims of abuse and violence, from the appearance of Winnie Mandela to former South African president P. The narrative is often traumatic, vivid, and provocative.

About Country of My Skull Ever since Nelson Mandela dramatically walked out of prison in after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation. She has published eight volumes of poetry. Her first prose work, Account of a Murder, was published in

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Alistair Boddy-Evans Updated January 17, If you want to understand modern South Africa you must understand the politics of the last century. The very pages are suffused with the people, and their struggle to come to terms with decades of Apartheid. The overwhelming need for understanding and release, or closure as American psychologists put it, speaks volumes throughout the eloquent writing in this book. If you are going to buy one book about modern South Africa, make it this one. The Anguish of Country of My Skull When ex-president De Klerk blames the gross human rights violations of the Apartheid era on "the bad judgment, overzealousness or negligence of individual policemen", Antjie Krog is harrowed beyond words. Later, when she has the strength, she captures the sense of anguish with the passage below: "And suddenly it is as if an undertow is taking me out

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