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Author Molema, S. M., author

Title Lover of his people : a biography of Sol Plaatje / Seetsele Modiri Molema ; translated and edited by DS Matjila and Karen Haire
Published Johannesburg : Wits University Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xxi, 122 pages) : PDF file(s)
Summary Seetsele Modiri Molema's Sol T. Plaatje: Morata Wabo is the first biography of Solomon Plaatje written in his mother-tongue, Setswana, and the only book-length biography written by someone who actually knew him. The manuscript had long been housed in the Wits Historical Papers and was accessible only to scholars. D.S. Matjila and Karen Haire have mined the archive to produce the first English translation of Molema's biography, Lover of His People. Molema balances Plaatje's public and political persona - as a pioneer black politician and man of letters - with an intimate account of Plaatje, the human being: his physical features, habits, temperament, talents, personality, character, fears, struggles, dreams and aspirations. He illuminates the spirit of Plaatje, painting a personal portrait. Recognising that the biographer was an extraordinary scholar, intellectual and politician in his own right, the book includes an essay on the life and legacy of Seetsele Modiri Molema and his contribution to South Africa's black intellectual heritage. The editors highlight some of the ways in which the book might be relevant to contemporary South African readers and, in inspiring them about a local historical figure, prompt critical thinking about pertinent issues such as gender, the future of African languages and the re-writing of history
Notes Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 24 Apr 2018)
Subject Plaatje, Sol. T. (Solomon Tshekisho), 1876-1932.
South African Native National Congress -- History.
Blacks -- South Africa -- Biography.
Journalists -- South Africa -- Biography.
Nationalists -- South Africa -- Biography.
Political activists -- South Africa -- Biography.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1836-1909.
South Africa -- Politics and government -- 1909-1948.
South Africa -- Race relations.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Haire, Karen, editor, translator
Matjila, D. S. (Daniel Sekepe), 1961- editor, translator
ISBN 1868146022
9781868146024 (ebook)
Other Titles Sol T Plaatje. English