The world and the cattle

The world and the cattle

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This is the autobiography of A. S. Mopeli-Paulus, author of the best-selling "Blanket Boy's Moon" and of its equally prestigious follow-up, "Turn to the Dark". Although substantial excerpts were published in "Drum" magazine at the time of composition in the mid-1950s, this is the first appearance of the complete text. Whether running away from school, serving in the 'Grave Unit' during the battle of El Alamein or proving an extraordinary leader through the early days of the anti-apartheid struggle, here is the testimony of a vibrant writer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 201 x 17mm | 200g
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • English
  • Illustrations, facsim., map
  • 0143185578
  • 9780143185574
  • 2,105,794

About Attwell Sidwell Mopeli-Paulus

Attwell Sidwell Mopeli-Paulus (1913-94) was a direct descendant of a half-brother of King Moshoeshoe I of Basutoland - Morena Paulus Mopeli (d. 1881) - one of the last independent chiefs to maintain his territory within the Orange Free State. His early works written in Sesotho were issued by the Morija Book Depot, while in English he first made his mark with the international sensation Blanket Boy's Moon. Subsequently he worked with the late Miriam Basner (born Gordon in Cape Town in 1920) who had been a social anthropoplogist at his alma mater, the University of Witwatersrand, and who was the new wife of the defence lawyer whom he befriended during the infamous Harrismith trial. As his language adviser, she had a hand in an early draft of the present work, with three substantial excerpts appearing as by Mopeli-Paulus alone, and with much fanfare, in Drum magazine over 1954-55.
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