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Ways of Staying 

Kevin Bloom (Portobello/Anansi)

Johannesburg journalist Kevin Bloom illustrates a post-apartheid South Africa united in fear. White and black people both perpetrate and suffer violence and psychological injury. Writing through the three years before players took to the pitch for the World Cup, the author walks shifting ground. Taking a good look around, Bloom considers the murder of his cousin, a renowned historian and aggression against black refugees from African nations to the north by black South Africans. No one is exonerated; no one is impeached. Bloom analyzes politics and ANC policy in behavioural, not narrowmindedly logical terms. He’s not out to put one group on the hook---everyone’s on it because, even with external pressures and internal fears, one may choose to act or to not act, to stay or to go.
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