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Congo (Paperback): David van Reybrouck Congo (Paperback)
David van Reybrouck 1
R330 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R66 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

FINALIST FOR THE CUNDILL PRIZE FOR HISTORY 'Not only deserves the description "epic", in its true sense, but the term "masterpiece" as well' Independent This gripping epic tells the story of one of the world's most critical failed nation-states: the Democratic Republic of Congo. Interweaving his own family's history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals - charismatic dictators, feuding warlords, child soldiers, and many in the African diaspora of Europe and China - Van Reybrouck offers a deeply humane approach to political history, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective and returning a nation's history to its people.

A Jihad for Love (Paperback): Mohamed El Bachiri, David van Reybrouck A Jihad for Love (Paperback)
Mohamed El Bachiri, David van Reybrouck 1
R180 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R53 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mohamed El-Bachiri is a Muslim. He lost his wife Loubna in the Brussels bombing of March 2016 - a young woman murdered by a fanatical jihadist. Mohamed was left to bring up their three sons on his own. Instead of hating or collapsing into grief, he put together a short book of reflections on love, loss and the ways in which we can live together despite differences of religion and ideology. It is a plea for tolerance and compassion, a rejection of fanaticism, and it is a heartbreaking book. Mohamed El-Bachiri shows how an argument for treating each other with kindness and respect can survive even the most brutal atrocity. For him, Islam should be a struggle for love, and the struggle for love should involve us all.

The First World War - Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front (Hardcover): Carl De Keyzer, David van Reybrouck The First World War - Unseen Glass Plate Photographs of the Western Front (Hardcover)
Carl De Keyzer, David van Reybrouck; Preface by Geoff Dyer
R1,362 R1,258 Discovery Miles 12 580 Save R104 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A century after it began, we still struggle with the terrible reality of the First World War, often through republished photographs of its horrors: the muddy trenches, the devastated battlefields, the maimed survivors. Due to the crude film cameras used at the time, the look of the Great War has traditionally been grainy, blurred, and monochrome-until now. The First World War presents a startlingly different perspective, one based on rare glass plate photographs, that reveals the war with previously unseen, even uncanny, clarity. Scanned from the original plates, with scratches and other flaws expertly removed, these oversized reproductions offer a wealth of unusual moments, including scenes of men in training, pictures of African colonial troops on the Western front, landscapes of astonishing destruction, and postmortem portraits of Belgian soldiers killed in action. Readers previously familiar with only black-and-white or sepia-toned prints of the hostilities will be riveted by the book's many authentic color photographs, products of the early autochrome method. From children playing war games to a wrenching deathbed visit, these images are extraordinary not only for their subject matter, but also for the wide range of emotions they evoke. Accompanied by a preface from celebrated writer Geoff Dyer and an essay by historian David Van Reybrouck, the photographs here serve both as remarkable witnesses to the everyday life of warfare and as dramatic works of art in their own right. These images, taken by some of the conflict's most gifted photographers, will radically change how we visualize the First World War.

Congo - The Epic History of a People (Paperback): David van Reybrouck Congo - The Epic History of a People (Paperback)
David van Reybrouck
R496 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R168 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Belgicum (English, Dutch, French, Hardcover): Stephan Vanfleteren Belgicum (English, Dutch, French, Hardcover)
Stephan Vanfleteren; Text written by David van Reybrouck
R1,167 R887 Discovery Miles 8 870 Save R280 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Belgicum is a photo project about Belgium. It is not an objective representation of a country but rather a subjective photographical document in black and white. It's a journey of exploration into a small country in the heart of Europe, at the turn of the centuries. More than fifteen years Vanfleteren has wandered through and hunted in the 'Belgicum' territories, guided by emotion and by the love for his homeland. He made a journey through a scarred land, in search of the irretrievable identity of a country with the melancholic soul of an old nation. Over the past ten years, over 11,000 copies were sold of this international bestseller. Belgicum grew out to be a reference work in the Belgian history of photography. On the occasion of the tenth birthday of this cult book, it was reprinted. With text by David Van Reybrouck. Text in English, French and Dutch.

S: Gert Jochems (English, Dutch, Hardcover): David van Reybrouck S: Gert Jochems (English, Dutch, Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck; Illustrated by Gert Jochems
R650 R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

*Intensive and innovative series on sexuality in Flanders*Includes an essay This is no dawn | Dit is geen dageraad by author David Van Reybrouck*Gert Jochems has been selected as one of British Journal of Photography's twenty photographers to watch in 2013 How should we look at these pictures of photographer Gert Jochems? With lust or disgust? With dismay or emotion? With nostalgia or yearning? S is a major series of photographs, taken by Belgian photographer Gert Jochems. They look at the 'regular' lives of 'regular' Belgian people, all of whom lead unconventional lives in private. In these photos, Jochems is an invisible observer in private sitting rooms, bedrooms and basements. Text in English & Dutch.

Against Elections - The Case for Democracy (Paperback): David van Reybrouck Against Elections - The Case for Democracy (Paperback)
David van Reybrouck 1
R271 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R73 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Democracy is in bad health. Against Elections offers a new diagnosis - and an ancient remedy. Fear-mongering populists, distrust in the establishment, personality contests instead of reasoned debate: these are the results of the latest elections. In fact, as this ingenious book shows, the original purpose of elections was to exclude the people from power by appointing an elite to govern over them. Yet for most of its 3000-year history, democracy did not involve elections at all: members of the public were appointed to positions in government through a combination of volunteering and lottery. Based on studies and trials from around the globe, this hugely influential manifesto presents the practical case for a true democracy - one that actually works. Urgent, heretical and completely convincing, Against Elections leaves only one question to be answered: what are we waiting for?

Congo - The Epic History of a People (Hardcover): David van Reybrouck Congo - The Epic History of a People (Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck
R505 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R163 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The gripping saga of one of the world's most devastated countries

The Democratic Republic of Congo currently ranks among the world's most failed nation-states, second only to war-torn Somalia. David Van Reybrouck's Congo: The Epic History of a People traces the history of this devastated nation from the beginnings of the slave trade through the arrival of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the ivory and rubber booms, colonization, the struggle for independence, and the three decades of Mobutu's brutal rule. Van Reybrouck also examines the civil war--the world's deadliest conflict since the Second World War. Still raging today after seventeen years, the Congolese war is driven, in part, by the demand for the rare-earth minerals required to make cell phones.

Van Reybrouck has balanced hundreds of interviews with meticulous historical research to construct a many-dimensional portrait of the rich and convoluted history of Congo. Taking pains to seek out the Congolese perspective on the country's history, Van Reybrouck creates a panoramic canvas wherein the child soldiers whom he encounters in the eastern rebel territories talk candidly about their choices and misfortunes, and where elderly Congolese--some of them more than one hundred years old--reminisce about their lives in a country where the average life expectancy has dropped to forty-five.

Vast in scope yet eminently readable, both penetrating and deeply moving, Congo does for Africa what Robert Hughes's masterful and novelistic The Fatal Shore did for Australia. Van Reybrouck takes a deeply humane approach to political history, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective and returning a nation's history to its people. Published to rave reviews in Belgium and the Netherlands in 2010, Congo has now been gracefully translated by the exceptional Sam Garrett, most recently the translator of Herman Koch's bestselling The Dinner.

From Primitives to Primates (Paperback): David van Reybrouck From Primitives to Primates (Paperback)
David van Reybrouck
R1,120 Discovery Miles 11 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where do our images about early hominids come from? In this fascinating in-depth study, David Van Reybrouck demonstrates how input from ethnography and primatology has deeply influenced our visions about the past from the 19th century to this day - often far beyond the available evidence. Victorian scholars were keen to look at contemporary Australian and Tasmanian aboriginals to understand the enigmatic Neanderthal fossils. Likewise, today's primatologists debate to what extent bonobos, baboons or chimps may be regarded as stand-ins for early human ancestors. The belief that the contemporary world provides 'living links' still goes strong. Such primate models, Van Reybrouck argues, continue the highly problematic 'comparative method' of the Victorian times. He goes on to show how the field of ethnoarchaeology has succeeded in circumventing the major pitfalls of such analogical reasoning. A truly interdisciplinary study, this work shows how scholars working in different fields can effectively improve their methods for interpreting the deep past by understanding the historical challenges of adjacent disciplines. Overviewing two centuries of intellectual debate in fields as diverse as archaeology, ethnography and primatology, Van Reybrouck's book is one long plea for trying to understand the past on its own terms, rather than as facile projections from the present. David Van Reybrouck (Bruges, 1971) was trained as an archaeologist at the universities of Leuven, Cambridge and Leiden. Before becoming a highly successful literary author (The Plague, Mission, Congo...), he worked as a historian of ideas. For more than twelve years, he was co-editor of Archaeological Dialogues. In 2011-12, he held the prestigious Cleveringa Chair at the University of Leiden.

From Primitives to Primates - A History of Ethnographic and Primatological Analogies in the Study of Prehistory (Hardcover):... From Primitives to Primates - A History of Ethnographic and Primatological Analogies in the Study of Prehistory (Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck
R3,105 Discovery Miles 31 050 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Where do our images about early hominids come from? In this fascinating in-depth study, David Van Reybrouck demonstrates how input from ethnography and primatology has deeply influenced our visions about the past from the 19th century to this day - often far beyond the available evidence. Victorian scholars were keen to look at contemporary Australian and Tasmanian aboriginals to understand the enigmatic Neanderthal fossils. Likewise, today's primatologists debate to what extent bonobos, baboons or chimps may be regarded as stand-ins for early human ancestors. The belief that the contemporary world provides 'living links' still goes strong. Such primate models, Van Reybrouck argues, continue the highly problematic 'comparative method' of the Victorian times. He goes on to show how the field of ethnoarchaeology has succeeded in circumventing the major pitfalls of such analogical reasoning. A truly interdisciplinary study, this work shows how scholars working in different fields can effectively improve their methods for interpreting the deep past by understanding the historical challenges of adjacent disciplines. Overviewing two centuries of intellectual debate in fields as diverse as archaeology, ethnography and primatology, Van Reybrouck's book is one long plea for trying to understand the past on its own terms, rather than as facile projections from the present. David Van Reybrouck (Bruges, 1971) was trained as an archaeologist at the universities of Leuven, Cambridge and Leiden. Before becoming a highly successful literary author (The Plague, Mission, Congo...), he worked as a historian of ideas. For more than twelve years, he was coeditor of Archaeological Dialogues. In 2011-12, he held the prestigious Cleveringa Chair at the University of Leiden.

Contra Las Elecciones /Against Elections: The Case for Democracy - Como Salvar La Democracia (Spanish, Paperback): David van... Contra Las Elecciones /Against Elections: The Case for Democracy - Como Salvar La Democracia (Spanish, Paperback)
David van Reybrouck
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Congo (Hardcover): David van Reybrouck Congo (Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck 1
R470 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R94 (20%) Out of stock

Epic, yet eminently readable and profoundly moving, the winner of the Prix Medicis essai 2012 and the AKO Literature Prize traces the fate of one of the world's most devastated countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a span of several hundred years and an enormous cast of characters, 'Congo' chronicles the most dramatic episodes of the nation's history, the people and events that have determined Congo's development - from the slave trade to the ivory and rubber booms; from the arrival of Henry Morton Stanley and his meeting with Dr Livingstone to the brutal regime of Belgium's King Leopold II; from the struggle for independence to Mobutu's exploitative rule; and from Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's world famous 'Rumble in the Jungle' to the civil war over natural resources that began in 1996 and still rages today. David Van Reybrouck interweaves his own family's history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals - charismatic dictators, feuding warlords, child-soldiers, elderly, female smugglers, and many in the African diaspora of Europe and China - to offer a deeply humane approach to political history, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective in an attempt to return a nation's history to its people.

Against Elections (Hardcover): David van Reybrouck Against Elections (Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck
R322 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R61 (19%) Out of stock
First World War Now (Hardcover): David van Reybrouck First World War Now (Hardcover)
David van Reybrouck
R1,110 R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Save R117 (11%) Out of stock

Carl De Keyzer invited ten top international photographers - colleagues of his at the celebrated Magnum agency - to shoot a series on how the First World War continues to reverberate in their countries. He chose nations that were directly involved in the conflict: Germany, Britain, Russia, Austria, Italy, Belgium, the United States, Australia, the Balkan countries and France. Photographers featured: Mark Power (UK); Alex Majoli (Italy); Chien-Chi Chang (Austria); Gueorgui Pinkhassov (Russia); Thomas Dworzak (Germany); Carl De Keyzer (Belgium); Nikos Economopoulos (Greece); Alec Soth (USA); Trent Parke (Australia); Antoine D'Agata (France).

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