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The soft vengeance of a freedom fighter
Sachs, Albie, 1935-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxv, 249 pages ; 21 cm
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Originally published: Cape Town : D. Phillip, 1990. With new foreword and introduction.
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RD796.S23 A3 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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On April 7, 1988, Albie Sachs, an activist South African lawyer and a leading member of the ANC, was car-bombed in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, by agents of South Africa's security forces. His right arm was blown off and he lost the sight of one eye. This intimate and moving account of his recovery records the gradual recuperation of his broken body, his complex interaction with health professionals, the importance of touch and sensuality, and his triumphant reentry into the world. It also captures the spirit of a remarkable man: his enormous optimism, his commitment to social justice, and his joyous wonder at the life that surrounds him. In a new epilogue, Sachs gives a gripping insider's view of the major public events of the last decade--the election of Nelson Mandela, the formation of the Constitutional Court and Sachs's appointment as judge, and his own role with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Author Notes

Albie Sachs is Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the New Editionp. vii
Introduction to the New Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xxv
The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighterp. 7
Epiloguep. 205
Timelinep. 247
Persons Mentioned in the Narrativep. 249