African Flavour Books and Jacana Media invite you to the launch of Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876–1932 by Brian Willan.
Willan will be in conversation with Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, author of The Land is Ours.
Sol Plaatje: A Life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje 1876–1932 tells the story of Plaatje’s remarkable life, setting it in the context of the changes that overtook South Africa during his lifetime and the huge obstacles he had to overcome.
It draws upon extensive new research in archives in southern Africa, Europe and the US, as well as an expanding scholarship on Plaatje and his writings.
This biography sheds new light not only on Plaatje’s struggles and achievements but upon his personal life and his relationships with his wife and family, friends and supporters. It pays special attention to his formative years, looking to his roots in chiefly societies, his education and upbringing on a German-run mission, and his exposure to the legal and political ideas of the nineteenth-century Cape Colony as key factors in inspiring and sustaining a life of more or less ceaseless endeavour.
Date: Thursday, 23 August 2018
Venue: African Flavour Books, 20 Melle Street, Braamfontein