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The prison letters of Nelson Mandela

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The first, and only, authorized and authenticated collection of correspondence spanning the 27 years Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.

While incarcerated in South Africa in four prisons as a sentenced prisoner between 1962 and 1990, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to loved ones, followers, prison authorities, and government officials documenting his plight as the most prominent political prisoner of the twentieth century. Here, the letters--many of them never before seen by the public--have been assembled from the collections held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the South African National Archives, and the Mandela family, amongst others, together with a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela. With accompanying facsimiles of some of the actual letters with generous annotations, the book provides a personal and intimate portrait of the lawyer and political activist as husband, parent, friend, and political prisoner, reflecting on everything from the trajectory of the anti-apartheid movement to the death of his beloved son, Thembi, in Cape Town in 1969. Quietly impassioned and (despite occasional heavy censorship) eloquent, they reveal both the extraordinary compassion of a father and the unbending will of a man who refused to compromise his ethical values in the face of the most extraordinary human punishment and psychological abuse. The volume covers every aspect of life behind bars for the future South African leader, whose voice the apartheid government attempted to stifle at every possible opportunity. The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela form a new autobiographical vision. Images throughout
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auth_author2 Dlamini-Mandela, Zamaswazi,, Dlamini-Mandela, Zamaswazi, 1979-, Dlamini-Mandela, Zamaswazi., Kani, Atandwa,, Kani, Atandwa., Venter, Sahm,, Venter, Sahm.
author Mandela, Nelson.
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display_description "An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners' human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, "I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her," aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared. More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela--forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi--was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela's unfaltering optimism: "Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat." Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century."
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subject_facet Anti-apartheid movements -- South Africa, Audiobooks, Audiobooks (CD), Autobiographies, BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Downloadable audio books, Electronic books, Government, Resistance to -- South Africa, Mandela, Nelson, -- 1918-2013 -- Correspondence, Mandela, Nelson, -- 1918-2013 -- Imprisonment, Personal correspondence, Political prisoners -- South Africa -- Correspondence, Political prisoners -- South Africa -- Correspondence -- Audiobooks (CD), Presidents & Heads of State -- BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Presidents -- South Africa -- Correspondence -- Audiobooks (CD), Republic of South Africa -- South, South Africa -- Politics and government -- 20th century
title_display The prison letters of Nelson Mandela
title_full The prison letters of Nelson Mandela / edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, The prison letters of Nelson Mandela [eAudio] / Nelson Mandela, The prison letters of Nelson Mandela [eBook] Mandela, Nelson., The prison letters of Nelson Mandela [sound recording] / edited by Sahm Venter ; foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela
title_short The prison letters of Nelson Mandela
topic_facet Anti-apartheid movements, Audiobooks (CD), BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Government, Resistance to, Imprisonment, Mandela, Nelson, Political prisoners, Politics and government, Presidents, Presidents & Heads of State, Republic of South Africa