San Martín: UNSAM EDITA de Universidad Nacional de General San Martín (Colección Letras), 2016. First Edition. Paperback. 561p., glossary, wrps. New. Item #62622
Ever since Nelson Mandela walked out of prison in 1990 after twenty-seven years behind bars, South Africa has been undergoing a radical transformation: The oppressive system of apartheid was dismantled, along with the dangerous security group that enforced it; repressive laws mandating separation of the races were discarded. The country was reunited. But how could this country, full of hope and promise, come to terms with its ugly past? And how could its people, who had been taught to hate each other, live side by side as friends and neighbors? To do just that, Nelson Mandela created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1995, headed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The commission took the task of hearing the testimony of both the victims and oppessors of the apartheid. In "Pais de mi calavera: La culpa, el dolor y los límites del perdón en la nueva Sudáfrica", author Antjie Krog, a South African journalist and poet, recounts the drama, horrors and wrenching stories of the victims and their families. Originally published in English under the title, "Country of my Skull, this work capture the immense complexity of both the commission's work and a nation that desparately needed mending.