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Antjie Krog, a prominent South African poet and journalist, led the South African Broadcasting Corporation team that for two years reported daily on the hearings. Like the Truth Commission itself, Krog's Country of My Skull gives central prominence to the power of the testimony of the victims, combining the reportage skills of the journalist with the poet's ability to let previously unheard voices emerge with their stories. Extreme forms of torture, abuse and state violence were the daily fare of the Truth Commission. Many of those involved with its proceedings, including Krog herself, suffered personal stresses--ill health, mental breakdown, dissolution of relationships--in the face of both the relentless onslaught of the truth, and the continuing subterfuges of unrelenting perpetrators.
Krog's painful but precise account captures the essential character of the Truth Commission; that it was not a court convened to expose and punish culpability, but a forum for the new, still deeply divided, nation to bare its soul. Many, including clinical psychologist Nomfundo Walaza have argued that the creation of guilt was not the real purpose of the commission: "In essence we are dealing here with a definition of humanity whites with their self-centred, selfish, capitalistic character have never been able to fathom the essence of humanity." Trying to fathom the essence of humanity, the depth of the voices of ordinary people, her country, and her self, is at the core of Krog's remarkable and uniquely challenging account. --Rachel Holmes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Such an extraordinary book, like nothing else. Antje lets us into the soul of the Afrikaner.Published 6 months ago by S. de Villiers
This book shows how South Africans reacted to hate and fear ,and how the truth and reconciliation process helped to heal the nation. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Leslie
Excellent book, I looked for it for a long time and finally found it on Amazon, very pleased with it and pricewise too. Thank you!!Published on 9 April 2010 by AMFC
history always has important lesson for us to learn from,whether we cease the moment that is entirely another matter,just after euphoria of post apartheid,south africa had to go... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2010 by Sello Kekana