What is it about?
This article arises from work I did with Amina Cachalia, a well known political leader in the struggles against apartheid and a close friend of Nelson Mandela, shortly before she passed away. I was excluded from the final work and it appeared as a publication without consultation with me. In the article though I reflect on some of the issues that arose in the course of my work with Cachalia around truth and presentation of self that are also discussed in the extensive secondary literature on autobiography and memoir
Why is it important?
Struggle autobiography or memoir is a growing genre in South Africa. Working on a memoir allowed me to think from a slightly different angle about issues that have long interested me about the relationship between different genres of writing about the past and history.
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