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The New African: A History By Randolph Vigne

The New African: A History
by Randolph Vigne

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The New African was first published in 1962 and survived in Cape Town and in London for 53 issues, (www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/newafrican). The radical monthly introduced to South Africa new writers such as Bessie Head, Lewis Nkosi, Ngugi, Can Themba, Dennis Brutus, Andre Brink and Masizi Kunene alongside established writers like Nadine Gordimer, Dan
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The New African: A History: The Radical Review by Randolph Vigne

The New African was first published in 1962 and survived in Cape Town and in London for 53 issues, (www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/newafrican). The radical monthly introduced to South Africa new writers such as Bessie Head, Lewis Nkosi, Ngugi, Can Themba, Dennis Brutus, Andre Brink and Masizi Kunene alongside established writers like Nadine Gordimer, Dan Jacobson and Alan Paton. It was 'a magazine aimed at opening up debate and spreading the word about the new Africa' in the heady years of African independence. The New African was founded to tell people about this new Africa, a newly born concept to analyse, report on and rejoice in. It also looked ahead to the ultimate collapse of white-racial supremacy and the dawn of non-racial democracies. The journal soon attracted the attention of the South African state and its Special Branch as recorded in a leader: "On 9 March 1964 policemen from the Cape Town security police HQ raided the offices of The New African...The entire contents was removed. from a locked filing cabinet, carried by four (black) constables, to a handful of rubber stamps carried by one (white) constable.' The editors were soon forced to flee, and printing restarted in London and copies were smuggled back to South Africa. The second half of the book Cape Escape is an account, thrilling enough for a film, of how James Currey by leaping from a Norwegian freighter in Cape Town docks enabled Randolph Vigne the clandestine editor of The New African to escape to Canada.

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About Randolph Vigne


James Randolph Vigne, was an Anti Apartheid activist, and a founder of the African Resistance Movement. He returned to South Africa in 1990, where he continued to research. In 2010 he was a recipient of the Order of Luthuli in Silver. James Currey worked for Oxford University Press and Heinemann and where with Chinua Achebe as adviser on the first 100 titles, he published 270 titles in the African Writers Series. With his wife Clare he established, in 1985, the James Currey imprint as the outstanding list in African Studies.

Table of Contents


Contents: Specimen Covers; A History 1962 - 69- Randolph Vigne & James Currey; Cape Escape 1964 - James Currey; notes on the Cape Escape Team. Ten b/w magazine covers and photos.

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GOR010083362
The New African: A History: The Radical Review by Randolph Vigne
Randolph Vigne
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The Merlin Press Ltd
2014-10-02
88
0850366232
9780850366235
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