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491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 (Modern African Writing Series) Paperback – 9 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press (9 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821421018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821421017
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's more recent years have left her image tainted. But in her new book, a collection of letters and diary entries from her 491 days in prison, is a powerful reminder of what she was best known for.... These give a gripping insight into a family trying to survive under an onslaught from the regime. But in the journal and the letters, the couple's fierce resistance burns through."
-- "Mail & Guardian, " South Africa

"In 1969, five years after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage, Winnie Mandela was rounded up with other anti-apartheid activists and jailed for 16 months. The journal she kept during her imprisonment forms half of this book; the other half consists of letters by Nelson to his wife, daughters, relatives and prison officials. Throughout, the author documents sadistic maltreatment: a diet consisting mainly of insect-infested porridge, filthy cells, and, for many prisoners, daily beatings.... Taken together, these documents afford a chilling perspective on the Mandelas' personal and political struggles."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Mother, wife, prisoner, activist--Winnie's life is page-turning."--South African Broadcasting Corporation

"For many years, Winnie Mandela was herself an icon who courageously resisted harassment and abuse by South African authorities, and was every inch the freedom fighter her husband was.... Between Mandela's measured lines--or embedded in them--is a fury and a steely faith that justice and the will of the people will eventually win the day.... Love--of family, of ideals--does not conquer all, but as this book memorably demonstrates, it is often the only thing standing between us and the abyss."
--"Ms. Magazine"

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela s more recent years have left her image tainted. But in her new book, a collection of letters and diary entries from her 491 days in prison, is a powerful reminder of what she was best known for. These give a gripping insight into a family trying to survive under an onslaught from the regime. But in the journal and the letters, the couple s fierce resistance burns through.
"Mail & Guardian, " South Africa"

In 1969, five years after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage, Winnie Mandela was rounded up with other anti-apartheid activists and jailed for 16 months. The journal she kept during her imprisonment forms half of this book; the other half consists of letters by Nelson to his wife, daughters, relatives and prison officials. Throughout, the author documents sadistic maltreatment: a diet consisting mainly of insect-infested porridge, filthy cells, and, for many prisoners, daily beatings.Taken together, these documents afford a chilling perspective on the Mandelas personal and political struggles. "Kirkus Reviews""

For many years, Winnie Mandela was herself an icon who courageously resisted harassment and abuse by South African authorities, and was every inch the freedom fighter her husband was. Between Mandela s measured linesor embedded in themis a fury and a steely faith that justice and the will of the people will eventually win the day. Loveof family, of idealsdoes not conquer all, but as this book memorably demonstrates, it is often the only thing standing between us and the abyss.
"Ms. Magazine""

Mother, wife, prisoner, activistWinnie s life is page-turning. South African Broadcasting Corporation"

About the Author

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela lives in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, where she continues her activism and political service, currently on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.


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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 5 Aug. 2014
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Not as well written as her ex's autobiography. His book was a real page turner. It was interesting to hear her point of view and see what she went through. A great supplement to "Mandela." I'll have to see if she has written a book covering her entire life. I'd love to read that. I really believe, Nelson Mandela owed Winnie everything. She fought the good fight while he was unable to and kept him in the public eye. I remember those days and how valiantly she fought. I think she got shafted.
4.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who thinks their ordeal is the worst, settle in to the cold 1 May 2016
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Mrs. Mandela truly went through it. Anyone who thinks their ordeal is the worst, settle in to the cold, moldy cell with Winne deprived of everything you hold dear. When is sunrise or sunset? What day must this be? Why are my utensils not sanitized? What would have done dear reader?
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