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Read Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Introduction to Bandiet out of Jail by Hugh Lewin

Bandiet out of JailNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’ introduction to Bandiet out of Jail by Hugh Lewin.

Bandiet out of Jail was awarded the 2003 Olive Schreiner Prize, and was rereleased in a new edition in 2013. Lewin won the 2011 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Stones against the Mirror, as well as the 2014 International Human Rights Book Award.

Bandiet out of Jail has been called one of the finest ever examples of prison writing from South Africa, and was originally published in 1978, while Lewin was still in exile.

Read the excerpt:

Hugh Lewin went through sheer hell and emerged, not devastated, not broken, and not consumed with bitterness or a lust for revenge. He amazed, he humbled with his gentleness, his generosity of spirit, his willingness to forgive, when he could have been otherwise, and made a telling contribution to the work of the trc as a member of its Human Rights Violations Committee. He is endowed with ubuntu-humanness, the very essence of being human. He reveals another quality of many who suffered: a resilience that prevented him and his fellow ‘politicals’ from going to pieces when they had the stuffing knocked out of them.

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