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Tareq Baconi: Queer Borders, 4 November 2021

The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers 
by Mark Gevisser.
Profile, 525 pp., £10.99, July 2020, 978 1 78816 514 3
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Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique 
by Sa’ed Atshan.
Stanford, 274 pp., £20.99, May 2020, 978 1 5036 1239 6
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... with which to conceive their sexuality and no forum in which to express it. I had crossed a border.Mark Gevisser’s ‘pink line’ is a shifting frontier, separating ‘those parts of the world that have come to the point of accepting the existence (and equality) of people who deviate from sexual or gender norms, and those … that continue to deny ...

End of the Road

R.W. Johnson: The Undoing of the ANC, 20 November 2008

Cyril Ramaphosa 
by Anthony Butler.
Currey, 442 pp., £18.95, February 2008, 978 1 84701 315 6
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After the Party: A Personal and Political Journey inside the ANC 
by Andrew Feinstein.
Jonathan Ball, 287 pp., R 170, October 2007, 978 1 86842 262 3
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Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred 
by Mark Gevisser.
Jonathan Ball, 892 pp., R 225, November 2007, 978 1 86842 101 5
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... bravely but there is a lot more reality out there with which he has yet to deal. It is, however, Mark Gevisser’s vast biography of Mbeki (reduced, apparently, from a manuscript twice the size) that bears the heaviest teeth-marks of ANC piety. The book undoubtedly contains an enormous amount of useful information about the modern history of the ...

Bantu in the Bathroom

Jacqueline Rose, 19 November 2015

... little rooms with a sink and a toilet’ in the words of the South African journalist Mark Gevisser in his memoir Lost and Found in Johannesburg.2 No shared walls between white master and black servant, above all no shared ablution facilities across racial lines, which suggests that, for apartheid, it is above all the races’ body fluids and ...

Could it have been different?

Roger Southall: R.W. Johnson’s South Africa, 8 October 2009

South Africa’s Brave New World: The Beloved Country since the End of Apartheid 
by R.W. Johnson.
Allen Lane, 701 pp., £25, April 2009, 978 0 7139 9538 1
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... post-colonial Africa. The rise of Thabo Mbeki was a further, fatal element. Mbeki’s biographer, Mark Gevisser, presented a more complicated – and more plausible – character than Johnson’s crazed czar. Johnson sees Mbeki as race-obsessed, ruthless and mad. Nelson Mandela, who shuffles in and out of this account as an amiable old buffer only ...

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