Govan Mbeki: The Prison Writings of Govan Mbeki

* 1910, † 2001

Prison: Robben Island, South Africa (Map)

[...] The essays by Govan Mbeki which comprise this book add to this distinguished list. Yet they differ in important respects from all the others: they were written, circulated and preserved in prison. They were never intended for publication but be read by other prisoners; their aim is not to share an experience but to educate politically. [...] The essays represent only a small portion of the total material produced. Some of the essays were not based on research; in other cases, sources could not be identified lest they fell into the hands of the authorities. Over the years, the Robben Islanders had built up a collection of Marxist texts... [...], quoted from introduction, p.xxiv

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