Bandiet Out Of Jail
In 1964, the security police in Johannesburg detained Hugh Lewin. He was later tried and convicted on charges of sabotage. He spent seven years in prison, secretly recording his experiences, and those of his fellow inmates, on the pages of his Bible. On release, rather than submit to 24-hour arrest, he left South Africa on a one-way visa. One of the finest ever examples of prison writing from South Africa, Bandiet was originally released during Hugh Lewin‚Äôs exile, and published by Random House in 1978. Selected poems and journalism interspersed with line-drawings by another of Pretoria‚Äôs inmates, Jock Strachan, appear alongside a freshly typeset version of the complete text of the original book. Alan Paton called Bandiet ‚Äúsplendid‚Äù and commented on its lack of rancour and exaggeration. He spoke of its truthfulness and its quality, and called it a document of great historical value.
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