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New Edition of Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela Including an Introduction by the Author

The Cry of Winnie MandelaThis revised and updated edition of The Cry of Winnie Mandela has been reworked by the author and includes substantive new material on the novel and its reception over the years, including an introduction by the author, “Contemplating Winnie Mandela”; reviews and responses to the novel as well as four essays that can be used to reflect on and explore the novel further.

The life story of Winnie Mandela remains one of the great dramas of our times, an ongoing tale of triumphs and tragedies that is still unfolding. In The Cry of Winnie Mandela, a highly acclaimed novel first released in 2003, Njabulo S Ndebele focuses on four women at a specific period in the history of southern Africa who have spent time waiting for their men to return. Their ordinary, “private” stories are anchored to the more powerful public stories of Penelope, of ancient Greek mythology, who waited eighteen years while her husband Odysseus was away, and Winnie Mandela, who waited for twenty-seven years. The women question themselves and each other about why they waited and what this waiting did to them, leading to a series of extraordinary and haunting “conversations” with one another as well as with Penelope and Winnie.

“[A work of] extraordinary originality and imaginative power.” – Nadine Gordimer

About the author

Njabulo S Ndebele is an established scholar, public figure, and author whose critical and creative writing have tackled the effects of the apartheid regime on black communities, the rhetoric of protest, democracy and reconciliation, and the system of higher education in South Africa. He regularly plays the role of a public intellectual through his interventions in the media on topical issues facing South Africa in its ongoing transition. Ndebele served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from July 2000 to 2008 and he was inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in December 2012. He obtained his Masters degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, in the UK, and a PhD in Philosophy, English and American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver, in the USA. Ndebele’s published works include Fools and Other Stories (1983, 2006); Rediscovery of the Ordinary (1991, 2006); Bonolo and the Peach Tree (1991); Sarah, Rings and I (1993); Death of a Son (1996); the original edition of The Cry of Winnie Mandela (2003); and Fine Lines from the Box (2007).

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