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The Lion Sleeps Tonight by [Malan, Rian]
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Malan is South Africa's Christopher Hitchens, similarly touched with genius. -- Justin Cartwright Daily Telegraph Cynical, lively and above all, opinionated... Malan's writing remains relevant and provides a fascinating glimpse of post-apartheid South Africa. The Sunday Times travel section Hugely alive. Malan's writing is animated by anger and a savage irony, yet it is always controlled, clear and readable. Sunday Herald Bracing, cheeky, and a damn good read. Spectator The Lion Sleeps Tonight is an arresting collection. South Africa should treasure Malan, but it won't. One suspects he wouldn't have it any other way. The Sunday Times

About the Author

Rian Malan has worked as a journalist in South Africa and the United States. My Traitor's Heart was his first book. He lives in South Africa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1862 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; Main edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JVTVZ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #317,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book and have lent it to friends who have enjoyed it equally. The collected articles published by various journals etc cover many topics to do with South Africa - suffice it to say it is rare to find anything written on these topics with such even handedness and lack of political correctness. Apparently some of these articles have appeared in other collections, check whether you have read any of them if this matters to you. Particularly loved the one about the origins of the song 'The Lion Sleeps tonight' .
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My Traitor's Heart, by Rian Malan is the single best autobiography I've ever read. It's stunning. I had never seen any further work by Rian Malan for sale until I spotted The Lion Sleeps Tonight in Waterstones about a month ago. I couldn't afford to buy it at that moment, and as luck would have it, saw it in my library two days ago.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is a collection of essays and articles that Malan has written for various publications including The Spectator since My Traitor's Heart came out 23 years ago.

These articles cover a range of topics from the titular story which is a reference to the famous song by The Tokens but was actually written by a South African Zulu who received no recompense, to articles about Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, the Miss World Competition, the film Invictus, and Winnie Mandela.

By far the most fascinating of these are two articles written about the problem of AIDS in Africa. Malan, not a fan of Thabo Mbeki, is offered a chance to mock his AIDS denying stance by the magazine Rolling Stone, and jumps on it, but as he engages in his research he discovers that the globally accepted AIDS statistics and the actual picture do not match up.

Malan has always been an interesting character, owing to his descendancy from one of the main architects of Apartheid - Daniel Malan. At times he is a pessimist, prophesising a forthcoming ethnic cleansing in South Africa and at times he seems overtly racist referring affirmatively in one instance to Ian Smith's remarks about the future of Rhodesia. Malan's openly acknowledged and honest struggle against the racist indoctrination of his past is one of the things which makes his voice such a unique one to hear.
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Some of the finest and most honest writing about an intriguing, beautiful and complex country. Malan writes like a dream and breaks through all the pedestrian stereotypes.
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