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How are people changed by apartheid? As Country of my Skull recounts, the divisions in South Africa are deeper and more plentiful than between black and white, even as there is an unassailable truth – almost all whites benefitted from the losses experienced by almost all blacks, be those losses legal, economic, cultural, or personal including loss of life.

The stories the author selected elicit strong emotions. This book is a compilation of testimony from south Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. How does one rebuild a relationship when one is dishonored? How could its people, whom the oppressive white government had pitted against one another, live side by side as friends and neighbors?

Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After reading this book I was shocked, horrified. At times I was disturbed, at times confused, at times horrified. Several people have mentioned it to me, and I’ve been told it antji the definitive book on the TRC, so when I saw it in the library I thought I’d better read it.


Mthintso says a man who didn’t break under torture was respected by the police. Country of My Skull makes a call for a reconciliation showing all the pain which has caused the discrimantion and racism in South Africa. Dec 29, Ariana rated it it was amazing. The author is a famous Afrikaaner poet, and her voice is present throughout the book. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in history and restorative justice.

From the Trade Paperback edition. How can a new sense of humanity be fostered? One of the really powerful ideas I took away from this book was the importance of honor to traditional cultures.

She is mar Krog grew up on a farm, attending primary and secondary school in Kroonstad. Please use the invitation summary document for seminars, workshops and public meetings, and share the responses and insights that emerge. Questions such as–how does a nation heal?

COUNTRY OF MY SKULL by Antjie Krog | Kirkus Reviews

However, she is so focused on the particularities and intricacies of the South African experience that many general readers will find substantial chunks of this book somewhat inaccessible, despite a concluding glossary of South African terms and brief bios. Published in, this book describes both the successes and failures of a commission attempting to help a country torn apart by years of inhumane acts.

The UK outsourcing experiment: But how could this country—one of spectacular beauty and promise—come to terms with its ugly past? Want to Read saving…. Since the commission began its work, it has been the central player in a drama that has riveted the country.


Leonardo Goi and Jorge A. I think my rating says it all. Antjie Krog doesn’t leave it alone, though.

Don’t read this book unless you know you and your family are safe. New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina. But Krog admits that counttry tears were wept by white journalists, while their black colleagues remained stony-faced, as they listened to what they already knew, what was already a part of their personal histories. Yet this book is a necessity in beginning to comprehend the tragedy of apartheid, in “experiencing” some of its atrocities.

It is brutal, harrowing but also confusing. No trivia or quizzes yet. Desmond Tutus and Albertina Sisulus are few and far between.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think learning about the South African experience is extremely important to international relations and, more generally, human behavior. I’d like to read this again.

Country of My Skull

But what really put me off was that she leads the reader to believe that this is not in fact about her but about the nation, about the collective trauma of the past and about the victims. I’m fascinated by this book. Antjie Krog is a unique person: Jy many, being present at the trials was a traumatic experience in itself.