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Reflections in Prison

Reflections in Prison

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Reflections in Prison

In the first three months of 1976, during his imprisonment on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela wrote the bulk of his autobiographyLong Walk to Freedom.

This was an illegal act, and the manuscript had to be smuggled out by fellow prisoner Mac Maharaj on his release that year. Maharaj used the opportunity to ask Mandela and other political prisoners to write essays about South Africa's political future. These were smuggled out with Mandela's autobiography, and are published, 25 years later, in this book.
These essays provide a "snapshot" of the thinking of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and other prominent Robben Island prisoners before the 1976 Soweto uprising changed the face of politics in South Africa. As such they provide an insight into our history.

Each essay is preceded by a biographical introduction and a sketch of the author specially commissioned for this volume.

Editor Mac Maharaj
ISBN 9781868723546
Format Paperback
Pages 253p.

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