The Ultimate Safari. Nadine Gordimer.
The Ultimate Safari.
The Ultimate Safari.
The Ultimate Safari.
(Black Lives)

The Ultimate Safari.

Masuku, Aletah, Alsetah Manthosi, and Dorah Ngomane (illus.)

Johannesburg, South Africa: Artists' Press, 2001. Oblong octavo. (52)pp. One of 100 copies, signed by the author, Nadine Gordimer, and the artists, Aletah Masuku, Alsetah Manthosi, and Dorah Ngomane. Gordimer, who in 1991 won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her integration of writing and activism, wielded both to protest apartheid, racial oppression, and the handling of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Here, her fictional story of a young girl who has fled the Renamo Forces in Mozambique and walked through Kruger Park for a supposedly better life in South Africa receives real-life illustration from three women who themselves made the same dangerous trek: Aletah Masuku, Alsetah Manthosi, and Dorah Ngomane. These women earn their living as seasonal laborers and express new artistic talents through these colored lithographs that reflect, sometimes painfully, on the journey. The penultimate page of the book provides insight into their personal histories and traumas. Masuku remembers a cousin who fell prey to a lion. Manthosi believes she and the orphaned girl with whom she traveled only avoided arrest at the border because of heavy rain. Ngomane and her family were arrested in the Park and jailed for a week in Mozambique before a second, more successful trip through. Each of the three women has signed one of their lithographs. A powerful statement on immigration, refugees, xenophobia, and the lasting impact of those experiences on those who live them. Bound by Peter Carstens in full linen cloth with an inlaid paper title and matching slipcase. Very fine. Item #30531

Price: $1,250.00