Remembering Mandela

A great deal has been written about Nelson Mandela since his passing. It’s a testament to the man that so many people felt obliged to write about ow he had touched them or the connection, no matter how slim, they had with him. 

The New Yorker magazine’s Talk of the Town section had two particularly insightful pieces on him, one by Nadine Gordimer, and the other by Philip Gourevitch.

Gordimer has this to say: “Mandela: not a figure carved in stone but a tall man, of flesh and blood, whose suffering had made him not vengeful but still more human—even toward the people who had created the prison that was apartheid.”

Gourevitch this:  “Everything that was most promising in South Africa was identified with him, and all that is wretched and dispiriting—brutally unequal, violent and corrupt—was seen not as his failure but as a failure of the country to live up to him.”

 

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One Response to Remembering Mandela

  1. Gede Prama says:

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