Nelson Mandela: his contributions to literature

Friday, December 6th, 2013. Filed under: Books Entertainment Hollywood Stars International Stars Online
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales ©All Rights Reserved

Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales
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(Relaxnews) – Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, created a rich legacy of written work, much of it biographical in nature, some leaning toward photographic record or even fictional anthology; all, of course, inspirational.

Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life (1990)
This first book now acts as a collection of Mandela’s speeches and writings between 1944 and 1990.

Long Walk to Freedom (1994)
Mandela recounts the details of his life, as a child in Cape Provence, university education, and rise to presidential leadership through his fight against apartheid and time spent in prison.

Mandela: An Illustrated Autobiography (1996)
Nearly 200 photographs cover Mandela’s childhood, young professional career, family life, protests, courtroom battles, release and eventual electoral involvement, accompanied by an abridged text taken from “Long Walk to Freedom.”

Favorite African Folktales (2004, 2007; audiobooks 2009)
A fondness for Africa’s rich heritage permeates this collection, whose contents are derived from all over the vast continent. Individual stories are available in audiobook form, read by the likes of Charlize Theron, Matt Damon, Helen Mirren, Samuel L. Jackson and Alan Rickman.

In His Own Words
This collection of speeches spans not only Mandela’s pre-imprisonment days, but also his election as Nobel Laureate and South African President, ably illustrating his character as an articulate, assured, intelligent and persuasive peacemaker. With a foreword written by Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan.

A Prisoner in the Garden by The Nelson Mandela Foundation (2006)

Nelson Mandela in 2010 ©AFP PHOTO /NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION - Debbie Yazbek

Nelson Mandela in 2010

A second photobook, but one in which the passages lifted from “Long Walk to Freedom” are supplemented by images of original handwritten letters, diary entries and memoirs, official documents, and release forms.

Conversations with Myself (2011)
The most recent anthology of Nelson Mandela’s writings also includes transcripts of interviews, speeches and friendly discussions, letters to both loved ones and governmental authorities, drafts, doodles, and other illuminating materials extracted from the archives. With a foreword supplied by Barack Obama.

For Nelson Mandela (1987) edited by Jacques Derrida
Published while Mandela was still in Pollsmoor, this tribute contains contributions from luminaries of world literature: Susan Sontag, William Burroughs, Allan Ginsberg, John Irving, Ntozake Shange and Joyce Carol Oates, Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo, Tunisia’s Mustapha Tlili, Beninois Olympe Bhely-Quenum, Brazilian poet Jorge Amado and South African writer Nadine Gordimer — who, like Mandela, is a Nobel Laureate herself.


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