A Prisoner In The Garden. Opening Nelson Mandela's Prison Archive
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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: Penquin Group Australia
Publisher Place: Camberwell
Publisher Year: 2005
Edition: First Edition
Description: 208 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.
Publishers Description: In 1977 the South African prison authorities allowed a number of journalists to visit the notorious Robben Island. The intention was to persuade the outside world that the conditions were not as bad as widely believed. On their tour of the island the journalists encountered a tall, thin man dressed neatly in prison clothes and leaning on a spade. The expression on his face was one of intense hostility, and his bearing was more that of prince than prisoner.The man was Nelson Mandela, in his 13th year of incarceration on Robben Island.Today the photograph, captioned A Prisoner Working in the Garden by the prison authorities, forms the centrepiece of the Mandela Prison Archive, which when viewed as a whole constitutes a living record of Mandelas 27 years in prison. Together with other rare photographs, videos, letters, diaries and official documents they form an extraordinary picture of prison life but, even more remarkably, of a man who, together with his close comrades, never gave up the fight for freedom and the vision of a liberated country.