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The Cry of Winnie Mandela [Paperback]

Njabulo S. Ndebele
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4 Jan 2004
This title clarifies, in an African context, what ought to constitute universal human rights and strategies for their legitimization, protection and realization. The contributors argue for the local promotion of rights through processes of cultural transformation over time. Tensions between local cultures and the notion of universal human rights can be addressed through creative possibilities within specific countries. They examine the African Charter of Human and People's Rights to make a case for recognizing a specifically African cultural contribution to ideas of human rights originating from a European social context. The general issues at stake are applied to the contentious question of women's rights - especially over land and other property.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd (4 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954702301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954702304
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Penelope 27 Aug 2009
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Njabulo Ndebele is a South African writer, one of the best. One only regrets that he hasn't written a lot more fiction alongside his sharp essays that treat of everything from the role of literature under apartheid till various aspects of present day South Africa which are always eye openers and beautifully written with rare sensitive insight. Ndebele is Rector of the University of Cape Town which explains perhaps why we'll have to wait for his fascinating projects of fiction that he sometimes mentions, such as exploring the violence in the townships.
But The Cry of Winnie Mandela luckily did make it to the publisher. It is a most intriguing novel about a widespread phenomenon in South African society - under apartheid in particular, but also still now - : that of the waiting, lonely wife, the Penelope. Whether their men went to work in a faraway town or on the mines, or disappeared into exile without a word, or just left them without explanation, or went to study abroad to be the first doctor in the township, or disappeared in prison, the women are unable to cut the link and wait asking themselves eternal questions, each in their own way. They long for their man and loathe him. They long for sex and are not able to give themselves. They raise their children dutifully and sometimes even support their man instead of the contrary. Yet when and if the man finally comes home, it is a disaster and they realise they have lost many precious years of their life. The Penelopes of Ndebele have much in common despite their different circumstances and join in a talk group to share their pains and experiences. They start a game: talking or writing to Winnie Mandela, once their idol now under the shades of doubt. They ask her, each from their own standpoint, all the questions we all would like to ask Winnie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fan of mama Winnie and Njabulo 9 Feb 2010
how shall i put,my feelings into words,excuse the cliche,`words will fail me`
nonetheless,i grew up during struggle days and witnesed first hand atrocities of apartheid,chief luthuli said that`above everything else apartheid is indifferent to human suffering`
men and women suffered, more so at pesonal level,humiliation,helplessnes etc
this dialogue or monologues by this ladies, are poignant and reminds the current anc goverment how people put them in power at a greater price,some lost families,some even their lives,
when cabinet ministers drive in their flashy cars they should ,atleast
not forget who got them there and show differece to the masses
To me this `the cry of winnie mandela `is classic,if it was up to me kids in south africa should read such books
alongside,Bessie head,achebe,Ngugi.
i read fools and other stories,i am saying from the bottom of my heart that Njabulo is a master.
winnie is a extra ordinary woman ,made who she is by extra ordinary circumstance
love her or hate her,i for one ,i love her ,with her faults
i think Njabulo portrayed her well,and with love she so deserved
Mother of the nation! mmmwaaahhh !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cry of Winnie Mandela 24 Sep 2013
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This is the most concise book that I have found that makes you think about Winnie Mandela critically. It highlights issues that are overlooked. It is a very small book but very thought provoking. Very well written.
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't like it 4 Jan 2013
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I'm not to sure from which perspective the author was writing for Winnie Mandela.
The book was confusing and not much about Winnie Mandela.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Voice Needing Hearing 19 Jun 2010
By Robert Salita - Published on Amazon.com
Heard the author at a recent literary festival in Paris. He read from his book "The Cry of Winnie Mandela". I was impressed by the author's desire to write about the issues of women in South Africa. He wrote of reflections of Winnie Madela, her waiting, her husband's return. These, he says, are the pillars of South African women's life; husband's leaving (sometimes by force), waiting, and finally his return.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough transaction 29 Sep 2011
By panteau - Published on Amazon.com
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Need this for a South African Lit class, and got the book in plenty of time. Admittedly, I have not read it yet, but the cover art is pretty interesting. No complaints about condition.
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