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Mandela and the General de John Carlin
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Mandela and the General (edició 2018)

de John Carlin (Autor), Oriol Malet (Artist)

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"Will the Freedom Struggle End in a Bloodbath? Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But that nonviolent struggle for equality and justice very nearly spiraled into an all-out race war that would have only ended in "the peace of graveyards." As the first post-apartheid elections approach in 1994, with South African blacks poised to take power, the nation's whites fear reprisal. White nationalist militias claiming 50,000 well-armed former soldiers stand ready to fight to the death to defend their cause. They need someone who can lead and unite them. That man is General Constand Viljoen, former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. Mandela knows that he can't avert a bloodbath on his own. He will have to count on his archenemy. Throughout those historic months, the two men meet in secret. Can they trust each other? Can they keep their followers and radical fringe elements from acts of violence? The mettle of these two men will determine the future of a nation. The drama of this contest and the history that pivoted on it comes vividly to life in visual form. Veteran British journalist John Carlin teams up with Catalan artist Oriol Malet to create a historically and artistically rich graphic novel with obvious relevance to today's polarized politics."--Provided by publisher.… (més)
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Títol:Mandela and the General
Autors:John Carlin (Autor)
Altres autors:Oriol Malet (Artist)
Informació:Plough Publishing House (2018), 112 pages
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Etiquetes:Graphic Novel, history, non violence, South Africa, non-fiction, Nelson Mandela

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Mandela and the General de John Carlin

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Mandela and the General: amazing art, apartheid, uncomfortable povs

I am not sure how I feel about this graphic novel. It was absolutely amazing, but it also borders on a white ‘we were not all bad!’/ ‘not me’ denial. Also- while Mandela is a character in this, but the book is actually more of a transformative view. Follows a man being influenced toward change and the complexity of a white perspective struggling with the upheaval of social structure they were taught was proper.

Nelson Mandela and General Constand Viljoen, the former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. These men are the core of this graphic novel. With distrust and mistreatment sedimented into strata over the years, there is no reason why the outcome of the South African apartheid revolution should have avoided more violence. Yet somehow..

Beginning with the release of Mandela after 27 years of incarceration and ending with the presidential election of the same man, this is a difficult work to read. The South African political and social structures were backward, needing shifting, while factions of white supremacists hid in open sight guised as political groups.

During this time, White Dutch ancestor Afrikaners start to become fearful of change. Viljoen himself is not as extremist as many and sees value in accepting many conversations over tea with Mandela. These conversations ultimately change the course of South African history with Viljoen.

Viljoen was not a super kiss and make up sort of gentleman, but he did have a strong desire to avoid open battle and citizen combat. This was the main driver pushing him to listen to Mandela and support universal suffrage. General Viljoen steps forward to headline the interest of retaining Aparteid in a bid for government seat.

The graphic novel is presented in a series of detailed black and white drawings, and mustard/gold highlights throughout. There are a number of panels feature beautiful rainbow colored shadowing which were striking and well timed.

Review based on a copy supplied by the publisher
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  Toast.x2 | Sep 23, 2021 |
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Mandela and the General is a beautiful and well-structured non-fiction graphic novel, there's no doubt about that, but it's a very deceptive one. That's as much a missed opportunity as it is a shame. While Constand Vijoen — "the General" — ultimately declined to pursue a civil war, he did so because he knew the Boers would lose, not because he disagreed with the vision of his fascist allies or saw the errors of the collapsing Apartheid regime's ways. As the political situation became ever more clear, it's certainly true that Vijoen slowly-but-steadily positioned himself sufficiently to the center of the worst far-right militants and would-be coup leaders, but this was simple realpolitik. Vijoen saw cooperation as a means to continue the political fight for an independent mini-Apartheid/"whites only" nation within South Africa. A necessary gambit, because it was the only move available. For nearly 30 years after the events of 1994, Vijoen remained an unrepentant and vocal white nationalist separatist. To the very end. Yes, he gave Mandela a respectful eulogy. That's meaningless in the face of decades of political advocacy designed to undermine the project of building a democratic and united South Africa.

This is not to say that we needed another full biography of Mandela in this book's place, though that would be welcome. In truth, it makes sense for international publishers to step back from Mandela being at the forefront of every South African story, to shine a greater and much deserved light on other anti-apartheid leaders, resistance movements and organizations, and the full-fledged people's histories South Africa deserves. Where are the graphic histories of Chris Hani and the uMkhonto we Sizwe, of Steve Biko, of the trade unionist leaders and the thousands upon thousands of Black South Africans who not only survived the daily terror, but successfully organized, against the brutal Apartheid regime? Those are the kinds of non-fiction graphic novels we need on the library shelf. ( )
  BGP | Aug 10, 2021 |
I loved the illustrations in this. I do wish the first half of the book had spent a little more time on Mandela, but I understand that for the impact of the story to be so great, the reader needed to get as into the General's head as possible. A good, succinct insight into a part of post=apartheid South Africa. An informative read. ( )
  LilyRoseShadowlyn | Jan 10, 2021 |
As I finished the book, I was going to give it four stars, mostly because every appearance of Mandela in the story is electrifying. But as I reflected, I realized that this is just another one of those books or movies where white creators use a white guy as the point of view for an African story. And in this case, the white guy is a racist who we're supposed to be happy did not resort to violence to carry out his white supremacist agenda in the 1990s thanks to the charisma of Mandela. Instead he spent the next twenty years trying to use politics to found a segregated white homeland in the middle of South Africa.

I mean, I read this article from 2014 and most of my feel-good buzz from this book dissipated:
https://mg.co.za/article/2014-04-24-last-boer-general-fears-for-the-future

The book is well done, but the more I think about it, the more misguided it seems. ( )
  villemezbrown | Feb 22, 2019 |
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Journalist John Carlin and artist Oriol Malet create a novel with direst and obvious ties to today’s very polarized politics.The almost comic book design took a moment to get used to but th story is well developed by the author. It’s a story of the power of a popular peoples movement to fight white structural racism in South Africa. But this struggle for equality and justice almost led into a race war that would have only ended in the total tearing of every piece of socal fabric in South Africa. As the first elections in a post-apartheid country approached in 1994, blacks were poised to take power for the first time, white South Africans were almost paralized with a fear of reprisals. White militias claiming over 50,000 well-armed former soldiers were ready to fight to the death to save their formallywhite governed homeland. They needed a man who could lead and unite them who was a former general Constand Viljoen.
MANDELA KNEWW THAT TO AVERT A BLOODBATH HE WILL HAVE TO COUNT ON HIS ARCH-ENEMY. THE TWO MEN MEET IN SECRET WONDERING CAN THEY TRUST EACH OTHER? WHAT CAN KEEP THEIR FOLLOWERS AND ALL THE FRINGE ELEMENTS FROM ACTS OF VIOLENCE? THE DRAMA OF THIS CONTEST AND THE HISTORY THAT PIVOTED ON IT COMES VIVIDLY TO LIFE IN ( )
  Elliot1822 | Jan 23, 2019 |
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"Will the Freedom Struggle End in a Bloodbath? Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid hero and first leader of the new South Africa, is an international symbol of the power of a popular movement to fight structural racism. But that nonviolent struggle for equality and justice very nearly spiraled into an all-out race war that would have only ended in "the peace of graveyards." As the first post-apartheid elections approach in 1994, with South African blacks poised to take power, the nation's whites fear reprisal. White nationalist militias claiming 50,000 well-armed former soldiers stand ready to fight to the death to defend their cause. They need someone who can lead and unite them. That man is General Constand Viljoen, former chief of apartheid South Africa's military. Mandela knows that he can't avert a bloodbath on his own. He will have to count on his archenemy. Throughout those historic months, the two men meet in secret. Can they trust each other? Can they keep their followers and radical fringe elements from acts of violence? The mettle of these two men will determine the future of a nation. The drama of this contest and the history that pivoted on it comes vividly to life in visual form. Veteran British journalist John Carlin teams up with Catalan artist Oriol Malet to create a historically and artistically rich graphic novel with obvious relevance to today's polarized politics."--Provided by publisher.

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