Mandela and the General

Mandela and the General


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In this thrilling graphic novel, Nelson Mandela’s fight against racism is about to spiral into an all-out race war. Unless he can win over his archenemy, the white supremacist General Viljoen, the democratic struggle for equality and justice in South Africa will end in “the peace of graveyards.”

“Intense.”— Booklist
“A riveting read.”— Morgan Freeman
“Fascinating.”— Library Journal, starred review

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874868203
Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
Publication date: 11/05/2018
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,099,846
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

British journalist John Carlin is the author of Knowing Mandela and Playing the Enemy , which became the Clint Eastwood film Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. He is also the author of Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius; Rafa: My Story, with Raphael Nadal; and White Angels: Beckham, Real Madrid, and the New Football.

John Carlin was South Africa bureau chief for the Independent from 1989 to 1995. In a 1998 interview, Nelson Mandela said of Carlin’s journalism: “What you wrote and the way in which you carried out your task in this country was absolutely magnificent…it was absolutely inspiring. You have been very courageous, saying things which many journalists would never say.”

Carlin has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Times of London, Financial Times, Toronto Star, El Pais, Daily Telegraph, Observer; New Statesman, Wired, Spin, Conde Nast Traveler, Punch, New Statesman, New Republic, Time, and has reported for BBC, ABC, PBS, and CBS.

Oriol Malet, a professional illustrator and musician, trained at the School of Fine Arts in Barcelona. His work has appeared in La Vanguardia, Jot Down, and Time Out.

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Kristy_K More than 1 year ago
“We must strive to find a political solution that reconciled White fears with black aspirations.” I’ve found I really enjoy history told in graphic novel form. It’s informative while not being bogged down in superfluous detail and it makes history more engaging. I feel using this form of media would greatly help teaching children and teens and wish we could see more of it being used this way. I read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, earlier this year and Mandela and the General is a great supplemental piece for it. This takes place after Mandela was released from prison when General Constand Viljoen led white nationalist against the new changes coming about due to the end of apartheid. Eventually the two meet and have discussions which lead to the first all South African elections being held peacefully. Author John Carlin has the unique insight into this struggle between Mandela and Viljoen. He’s stationed in South Africa as an foreign news correspondent and meets both of the men. From this and countless other interviews he’s able to create this narrative while using illustrations to further help describe the events. There were some really cool renderings in (what looked like) watercolor that portrayed the shadow of something as something else. I liked the symbolism it gave and felt it added to the story. After reading his autobiography and this graphic novel, I have to add Mandela as one of the people in history I’d want to meet. His story is truly amazing and he selflessly accomplished and helped progress so much in South Africa. It’s truly seeing awing and inspirational.
469480 More than 1 year ago
Nelson Mandela was a man who inspired millions throughout the end of the 20th century. Even after his death in 2013, Nelson Mandela remains one of the most prominent figures of civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. However, outside of South Africa and the rest of Africa, not much is known about the anti-apartheid movement such as the formation of the African National Congress, or the ANC, and The National Party. "Mandela and the General" is a recount of the events that led to democracy in South Africa with the 1994 Election of Nelson Mandela as the country's First President. John Carlin, the author, is the journalist who interviewed both Nelson Mandela and Retired General Constand Viljoen for accuracy of both sides of the events that occurred up until 1999. Events from Nelson Mandela's sentence and eventual release from prison, to General Viljoen's retirement from the military and his eventual involvement with South African politics, and to the assassinations and the street riots are included in this retelling of events. Mandela and General Viljoen were men who became leaders and acted like leaders for the better of all who resided in their country. Both men knew they would have to convince their supporters to do the same thing. Everything you'd expect from a divided country attempting democracy would be going through to get to their first election is recounted by both Mandela and the General, and told to John Carlin. "Mandela and the General" provides an impressive view into the internal struggles of a country from the points-of-view of two men at opposite ends of the political parties. Readers who are interested in learning more about Nelson Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, as well as other civil rights leaders, should read this book. Readers who have read historical graphic novels such as the "March" trilogy and "Safe Area Gorazde" will appreciate the artistic depictions and illustrations of the events, done by Oriol Malet, as recalled by those who were there, including John Carlin. This book is a must read for readers of both history and graphic novels.