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The Lion Sleeps Tonight And Other Stories of Africa (Paperback)

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    Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malanís classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitorís Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuscinski.

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Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malanís classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitorís Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuscinski.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malanís remarkable chronicle of South Africaís halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. Some of the essays previously appeared in a collection published only in South Africa, Resident Alien, but others are collected here for the first time. The collection comprises twenty-three pieces; the title story investigates the provenance of the world famous song ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight,Ē which Malan traces back to a Zulu singer named Solomon Linda who recorded a song called ?MbubeĒ in the 1930s, which went on to be covered by Pete Seeger, REM, and Phish, and was incorporated into the musical ?The Lion King.Ē In other stories, Malan follows the trial of Winnie Mandela and plunges into the explosive controversy over President Mbekiís AIDS policies of the 1990s.

The stories, combined with Malanís sardonic interstitial commentary, offer a brilliantly observed portrait of contemporary South Africa.

Rian Malan was born in South Africa in 1954. He has pursued a 36-year career as a journalist in South Africa and the United States and is the author of My Traitor's Heart. He currently lives in South Africa.

Author:
Malan, Rian
Genre:
HISTORY / Africa / South / General
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
317
Language:
English
Publisher:
Grove Pr
Publish Date:
11/12/2013
Copyright Year:
2012
ISBN:
9780802121837
Height:
8.5 in
Wdth:
5.75 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.85 lb
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