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The prison letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela

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The prison letters of Nelson Mandela
Title
The prison letters of Nelson Mandela
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edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
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Language
eng
Summary
"An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners' human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, "I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her," aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared. More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela--forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi--was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela's unfaltering optimism: "Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat." Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century"
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1918-2013,
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Mandela, Nelson
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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1979-
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  • Venter, Sahm,
  • Dlamini-Mandela, Zamaswazi
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  • Mandela, Nelson
  • Mandela, Nelson
  • Mandela, Nelson
  • Political prisoners
  • Anti-apartheid movements
  • Government, Resistance to
  • South Africa
  • Political prisoners
  • Presidents
  • South Africa
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Label
The prison letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela -- Introduction -- A note on the letters -- Nelson Mandela's prison numbers -- Pretoria Local Prison, November 1962/May 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, May 1963/June 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, June 1964/March 1982 -- Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, March 1982/August 1988 -- Tygerberg Hospital & Constantiaberg Mediclinic, August/December 1988 -- Victor Verster Prison, December 1988/February 1990 -- Supplementary information
Control code
994521324
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xv, 620 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631491177
Lccn
2018009933
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)994521324
Label
The prison letters of Nelson Mandela, edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela -- Introduction -- A note on the letters -- Nelson Mandela's prison numbers -- Pretoria Local Prison, November 1962/May 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, May 1963/June 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, June 1964/March 1982 -- Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, March 1982/August 1988 -- Tygerberg Hospital & Constantiaberg Mediclinic, August/December 1988 -- Victor Verster Prison, December 1988/February 1990 -- Supplementary information
Control code
994521324
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
xv, 620 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631491177
Lccn
2018009933
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), map
System control number
(OCoLC)994521324

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