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For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. Hardcover , pages. Published October 11th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Conversations With Myself , please sign up. Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age.
Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has bestowed his entire extant personal papers, which offer unprecedented insight into his remarkable life. In Conversations with Myself, this historic collection of documents is brought together into a sweeping narrative of great immediacy? See 1 question about Conversations With Myself…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Conversations With Myself. Mar 16, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs , race , nobel. I read memoirs in between fiction works because in memoirs, there is a bigger chance that the events really happened.
I perceive memoirs as nearer to truth and so lessons are more rational and factual. I picked up this book because I felt that I did not know anything about Nelson Mandela except that he was a very popular prisoner and he became the President of South Africa.
He fought against apartheid in South Africa and that was the reason why he got imprisoned for more than a quarter of one's l I read memoirs in between fiction works because in memoirs, there is a bigger chance that the events really happened.
He fought against apartheid in South Africa and that was the reason why he got imprisoned for more than a quarter of one's life, i. Imagine spending those many years in prison? It is unthinkable for me.
In the first company I worked with after college, I stayed for 12 years and I was only promoted once. After that company, I moved and moved and got promoted each time. Now, when I look back at my career progression, I thought that I wasted so many years in that first company. But Mandela? He even considers those 27 years in prison to be the most meaningful years of his life! Conversations with Myself is not really the usual memoir where the narrative flows from birth to old age.
It contains snippets of Mandela's life: entries from his diaries, letters, conversation excerpts, etc. The snippets were picked judiciously to give the reader not only what transpired during Mandela's 27 years in Robben Island but more importantly, what when inside his head. For example, the question on sexual release was answered by him in one of his letters to Winnie Mandela in During his stay in prison he read many books including books about similar "rebels" like him.
Don't get the impression that the book, being a collection of snippets about the man, does not have the full picture about the man and a unified feel. Pdfdrive:hope Give books away. Bracia Slater. Tom 5. Anarchizm: nowe perspektywy? Nowy Testament. The Resolution further indicated that in addition to the demonstrations, the African people would be called upon not to co-operate with the republican government, or with any government based on force.
As your government did not respond to our demands, the All-in African National Council, which was entrusted by the Conference with the task of implementing its resolutions, called for a General Strike on the 29, 30 and 31 of last month.
As predicted in my letter of 30 April , your government sought to suppress the strike by force. You rushed a special law in parliament authorising the detention without trial of people connected with the organisation of the strike.
The army was mobilised and European civilians armed. More than ten thousand innocent Africans were arrested under the pass laws and meetings banned throughout the country. Long before the factory gates were opened on Monday, 29 May , senior police officers and Nationalist South Africans spread a deliberate falsehood and announced that the strike had failed.
All these measures failed to break the strike and our people stood up magnificently and gave us solid and substantial support. Factory and office workers, businessmen in town and country, students in university colleges, in the primary and secondary schools, rose to the occasion and recorded in clear terms their opposition to the republic. The government is guilty of self-deception if they say that non Europeans did not respond to the call.
Considerations of honesty demand of your government to realise that the African people who constitute four-fifths of the country's population are against your republic. As indicated above, the Pietermaritzburg resolution provided that in addition to the countrywide demonstrations, the African people would refuse to co-operate with the republic or any form of government based on force.
Failure by your government to call the convention makes it imperative for us to launch a full-scale and countrywide campaign for non-co-operation with your government. There are two alternatives before you. Either you accede to our demands and call a National Convention of all South Africans to draw up a democratic Constitution, which will end the frightful policies of racial oppression pursued by your government. By pursuing this course and abandoning the repressive and dangerous policies of your government, you may still save our country from economic dislocation and ruin and from civil strife and bitterness.
Alternatively, you may choose to persist with the present policies which are cruel and dishonest and which are opposed by millions of people here and abroad. For our own part, we wish to make it perfectly clear that we shall never cease to fight against repression and injustice, and we are resuming active opposition against your regime.
In taking this decision we must again stress that we have no illusions of the serious implications of our decision. We know that your government will once again unleash all its fury and barbarity to persecute the African people.
But as the result of the last strike has clearly proved, no power on earth can stop an oppressed people determined to win their freedom. History punishes those who resort to force and fraud to suppress the claims and legitimate aspirations of the majority of the country's citizens. This is the letter which you received on 28 June ?
Again there was no acknowledgement or reply by the Prime Minister to this letter? I don't think it is - I think it shouldn't be called a letter in the first instance, but an accumulation of threats. Is it true to say that the present constitution of South Africa was passed at a National Convention representing whites only? Just let me put the question. You don't know that the National Convention in was a convention of whites only? Now, I just want to ask you one or two personal questions.
What standard of education have you passed? They are perhaps not in the Statute Book as official languages, but no one forbids you from using your own language. Will you answer the question? Is it true that in this country there are only two official languages, and they are English and Afrikaans?
I agree entirely. By name they are the two official languages, but no one has ever forbidden you to use your own language. Is it true that there are only two official languages in this country, that is English and Afrikaans? Is it true that the Afrikaner people in this country have fought for equality of English and Afrikaans?
There was a time, for example, when Afrikaans was not the official language in the history of the various colonies, like the Cape? Yes, I agree with you entirely. Constitutionally, the Afrikaner did fight for his language but not through agitators. I want to make application for the recusal of Your Worship from this case.
I still do, as I assured Your Worship last Monday. I make this application with the greatest of respect. I have been placed in possession of information to the effect that after the adjournment yesterday, Your Worship was seen leaving the courtroom in the company of Warrant Officer Dirker of the Special Branch, and another member of the Special Branch.
As Your Worship will remember, Warrant Officer Dirker gave evidence in this case on the first day of the trial. The State Prosecutor then indicated that he would be called later, on another aspect of this case. I was then given permission by the court to defer my cross examination of this witness until then.
The second member of the Special Branch who was in the company of Your Worship, has been seen throughout this trial assisting the State Prosecutor in presenting the case against me. Your Worship was seen entering a small blue Volkswagen car; it is believed that Your Worship sat in front, as Warrant Officer Dirker drove the car. And this other member of the Special Branch sat behind.
Now, it is not known what communication passed between Your Worship and Warrant Officer Dirker and this other member of the Special Branch. I, as an accused, was not there, and was not represented. Now, these facts have created an impression in my mind that the court has associated itself with the State case. I am left with the substantial fear that justice is being administered in a secret manner.
It is an elementary rule of justice that a judicial officer should not communicate or associate in any manner whatsoever with a party to those proceedings. I submit that Your Worship should not have acted in this fashion, and I must therefore ask Your Worship to recuse yourself from this case. I can only say this, that it is not for me here to give you any reasons. I can assure you, as I here now do, that I did not communicate with these two gentlemen, and your application is refused.
Another police witness was Mr. Product Specifications. Publisher Self-Publish. An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations With Myself is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own voice: direct, clear, private. Further, United into a general story of incredible quickness and staggering force.