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ISBN:0802119905
Author: Rian Malan
ISBN13: 978-0802119902
Title: The Lion Sleeps Tonight
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Language: English
Category: Africa
Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (November 6, 2012)
Pages: 368

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Rian Malan



The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malan’s classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitor’s Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. This book is composed of essays Rian Malan wrote for various magazines over fifteen or more years about South Africa, his homeland. As an investigative reporter he writes about a wide variety of topics from the history of the song The Lion Sleeps Tonight to AIDS in South Africa. Some of the essays I found interesting, but I tired of his cynicism as I continued to read the book.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan's remarkable chronicle of South Africa's halting, sometimes violent, steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. The collection comprises twenty-three pieces; the title story investigates the provenance of the world famous song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," which Malan traces back to a Zulu singer named Solomon Linda who recorded a song called "Mbube" in the 1930s, which went on to be covered by Pete Seeger, REM, and Phish, and was incorporated into the musical "The Lion King. Rian Malan was born in South Africa in 1954. He has pursued a 36-year career as a journalist in South Africa and the United States and is the author of My Traitor's Heart. He currently lives in South Africa.

reflects the chaos, hope, and amazing stories since the end of apartheid. brilliant writing on everything from the origins of the ‘Lion King’ theme song to Mbeki’s legacy-and how he blew it on AIDs. Malan’s new collection spans the years between 1994 and 2008, when South Africa oscillated between the extremes of terror and ecstasy, sometimes in the same week, as it lurched into its brave new world. Malan’s essays capture the transition in all its dysfunction and glory.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting, sometimes violent, steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. The collection comprises twenty-one pieces; the title story investigates the provenance of the world famous song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, which Malan traces back to a Zulu singer named Solomon Linda who recorded a song called Mbube in the 1930s, which went on to be covered by Pete Seeger, REM, and Phish, and was incorporated into the musical The Lion King.

Rian Malan's tales of post-apartheid South Africa create a grimly realistic picture of a nation clinging desperately to hope. It would be fair to say that Rian Malan is not a natural salesman. In his introduction to this collection of his compulsive journalism, his first book since his bestselling memoir My Traitor's Heart 23 years ago, he observes: "I would say that the only worthwhile writing I've done over the last two decades appeared in letters to friends in whose company I could ignore the crushing taboos that govern discussion of race among civilised.

For Rian Malan, the blessing of living in South Africa is that every day presents him with material whose richness astounds those who live in saner places. Twenty years after the publication of his bestseller My Traitor's Heart, he is still strongly committed to the struggle against suffocating political rectitude. Malan eviscerates politicians, provokes rabid fury in Aids activists, pursues justice in the music industry, and exults in the company of an extraordinary cast of characters from truckers to tycoons.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is the result of those many years of essayistic crying in the wilderness, the hero of our tale and one of South Africa’s most prominent journalists. Whereas his first book, the best-selling My Traitor’s Heart, tackled the country’s apartheid past-including the history of his own family, a prominent Afrikaner clan-Malan’s new collection spans the years between 1994 and 2008, when South Africa oscillated between the extremes of terror and ecstasy, sometimes in the same week, as it lurched into its brave new world. Which brings us to the most unfortunate essays in the book, two lumps of coal in a collection otherwise loaded with gems. Malan has taken much flak for these, and rightfully so. Long story short, in 2000, Rolling Stone commissioned him to do a piece about Mbeki’s AIDS insanity.

The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. Some of the essays previously appeared in a collection published only in South Africa, Resident Alien, but others are collected here for the first time

The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Other Stories of Africa, by Rian Malan. South Africa’s answer to PJ O’Rourke and Hunter S Thompson, Malan’s book made me laugh out loud on the tube, in spite of the stigma of doing s. self-conscious feeling you also get when eating biltong in public in London

Since its original publication twenty years ago Rian Malan’s classic work of narrative nonfiction My Traitor’s Heart has earned its author comparisons to masters of literary nonfiction like Michael Herr and Ryszard Kapuscinski.The Lion Sleeps Tonight is Malan’s remarkable chronicle of South Africa’s halting steps and missteps, taken as blacks and whites try to build a new country. Some of the essays previously appeared in a collection published only in South Africa, Resident Alien, but others are collected here for the first time. The collection comprises twenty-three pieces; the title story investigates the provenance of the world famous song “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” which Malan traces back to a Zulu singer named Solomon Linda who recorded a song called “Mbube” in the 1930s, which went on to be covered by Pete Seeger, REM, and Phish, and was incorporated into the musical “The Lion King.” In other stories, Malan follows the trial of Winnie Mandela and plunges into the explosive controversy over President Mbeki’s AIDS policies of the 1990s.The stories, combined with Malan’s sardonic interstitial commentary, offer a brilliantly observed portrait of contemporary South Africa.
Reviews: 7
Skrimpak
Some of the articles are excellent, some not so. Lived in South Africa for 11 years and it's hard to reconcile how much it has changed. I haven't decided whether he (author) is for against some of the decisions.
Flash_back
Rian Malan is my favorite African writer. He's one of my favorite authors in general, too. I loved this book so much that I have now purchased 4 copies - the latest of which I gave to my 15 year old nephew as an introduction to South Africa. Malan's title story, about the long journey he made to get royalties for the "Lion Sleeps Tonight" to its rightful composer, is one I hope gets a very wide audience. I highly recommend this book - and anything else Malan writes.
Hulis
Rian Malan is a superb writer. This book is a compendium of articles Rian has written mostly about South Africa and South Africans. There are some great stories which should be of interest to South Africans in particular but also to anyone who relates to Africa and its unique conditions. I enjoyed it immensely.
krot
An unusual insight into recent events and developments in South Africa.
The essays are personal with interesting observations from an insider.One perceives an honesty in his writing .I admire the writer,s courage in covering the topics,he chooses, in an uncertain transitional environment.
Malanim
A wonderful writer with a distinct voice. A loyal and different take on South African life and history. Essential reading for those interested in Southern Africa.....and an eye opener for those new to the subject.
RuTGamer
Beautifully written.
Agamaginn
Some interesting investigative journalism behind some old and contemporary South African myths! Well done - I thoroughly enjoyed reading this relatively short but always absorbing book.
Anything by Rian Malan is excellent. I plan to use many of these essays in my college history course on South Africa.