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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918-2013


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<P>December 2014 marked a year since the passing of Nelson Mandela—a man who was as much myth as flesh and blood. Transition pays tribute to Mandela’s worldly attainments and to his otherworldly sainthood. Featuring remembrances from Wole Soyinka, Xolela Mangcu, Pierre de Vos, and Adam Habib, this issue assembles Mandela’s staunchest allies—for whom he approached saintliness—as well as his most entrenched critics. Other contributors consider the iconicity of Mandela—including his representations in films; the importance of boxing to his political career; his time studying with the revolutionary army in Algeria; his stance on children’s rights; and even his ill-fated trip to Miami.  Whoever you think Mandela was—or wasn’t—this issue is the new required reading.</P><P>Published three times per year by Indiana University Press for the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling ideas from and about the black world. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the African Diaspora and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Transition is edited by Alejandro de la Fuente.</P>
<P>1 "Of Flesh and Blood"<BR>An introduction from Transition's new editor, Alejandro de la Fuente</P><P>3 The Dance is Not Over<BR>Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka claims Mandela as a semi-divine avatar, but acknowledges the<BR>attendant naïveté—particularly about the depths of human evil—that sometimes came with occupying such a lofty position</P><P>14 Saying Goodbye to a Global Icon<BR>Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, suggests that the most respectful way to honor Mandela is to not lose sight of either his political shortcomings or the most difficult demands his humanitarian message makes of us</P><P>27 A Critic, in Retrospect<BR>Though one of Mandela's staunchest critics, Xolela Mangcu is humble enough to admit being star struck by the great man, but still insists on the importance of infusing Mandela's anti-racial politics with a politics of racial justice and black power</P><P>40 Compassion and Corruption<BR>Constitutional law expert and public scholar Pierre de Vos recalls how his life and the lives of countless Afrikaners were transformed by Mandela's forgiveness, yet wonders whether Mandela's compassion may have ultimately set the stage for a subversion of the rule of law</P><P>51 Discovering Mandela's Children<BR>On a fellowship in South Africa with her family in tow, Warren Binford examines post-colonial Africa's pursuit of stringent laws protecting the rights of children, while reflecting upon the ideal of unity amidst enduring post-apartheid inequities</P><P>67 "The Algerian Army Made Me a Man"<BR>Abdeldjalil Larbi Youcef reveals startling facts about a little-known period of Mandela's life, when he was on the lam in northern Africa and received a short, yet formative, introduction to armed resistance from the Algerian revolutionary forces</P><P>80 Some Monday for Sure Fiction<BR>We pay homage to Nobel Prize laureate, ANC activist—and Mandela's friend—Nadine Gordimer (1923–2014) with this story that she first published in 1965 in the pages of Transition 18</P><P>98 A Snub for the Ages<BR>Immediately following his release from prison, at a time when most of the world was celebrating Mandela, Marvin Dunn tells of how the leader was rebuffed by the city of Miami, where conservative Cubans and Jews took the opportunity to air their political grievances</P><P>106 Robben Island University<BR>Mandela was "the world's most famous (former) prisoner," and Aaron Bady explores how prison served as a necessary prerequisite for political leadership in much of post-colonial Africa, then asks us to consider in what ways Mandela may still be imprisoned</P><P>120 To Think as a Boxer<BR>Offering multiple ways of viewing a famous sculpture depicting a boxing Mandela, Kurt Campbell explores not only what it means to imagine Mandela as a boxer, but also reveals how a youth spent boxing might have shaped Mandela's activism and political vision</P><P>128 Fists Poetry<BR>by Paul Theroux</P><P>130 Nelson Mandela's Two Bodies<BR>Addressing the ubiquity of images of Nelson Mandela, art historian Steven Nelson suggests that these pictures allow the viewer to enter into a space of hope and reconciliation for which Mandela has come to stand, even as they risk obscuring our view of the real Mandela</P><P>143 The Watchmen<BR>South African artist Jane Alexander's uncanny, life-sized sculptures—despite their seeming inscrutability—have been embraced as some of the most significant and evocative anti-apartheid art;<BR>Transition presents a photo essay of Alexander's iconic works, with an introduction by Rebecca VanDiver</P><P>148 History, Iconicity, and Love<BR>Meghan Healy-Clancy shares an historian's review of two recent Mandela-themed films, Mandela:<BR>Long Walk to Freedom and Winnie Mandela, in which she critiques their simplified representations of the anti-apartheid struggle and, particularly, their inept handling of the roles women played in those efforts</P><P>167 Mourning Mandela<BR>With camera in hand, Christopher J. Lee took to the streets following the death of Mandela to experience and document the ways that South Africans were memorializing the passing of their hero away from the limelight of the official state-sanctioned, celebrity-infused funeral</P><P>172 In the Village<BR>Returning to his natal village in the same region that Mandela called home, Hugo Canham talks with elderly residents to get their take on Mandela's legacy and to ascertain whether they see themselves as participating in his politics of hope</P>



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