The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter by Albie SachsThe Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter by Albie Sachs

The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom Fighter

byAlbie SachsForeword byDesmond TutuIntroduction byNancy Scheper-hughes

Paperback | July 3, 2014

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On April 7, 1988, Albie Sachs, an activist South African lawyer and a leading member of the ANC, was car-bombed in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, by agents of South Africa’s security forces. His right arm was blown off, and he lost sight in one eye. This intimate and moving account of his recovery traces the gradual recuperation of his broken body and his triumphant reentry into the world, where his dream of soft vengeance was realized with the achievement of democracy in South Africa. This book captures the spirit of a remarkable man: his enormous optimism, his commitment to social justice, and his joyous wonder at the life that surrounds him. A new preface and epilogue reflect on the making of Abby Ginzberg’s documentary film titledSoft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa.(For information about the film, see
Albie Sachswas Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2009. He is the author of several books, includingThe Free Diary of Albie Sachs(2004) andThe Strange Alchemy of Life and Law(2009).
Title:The Soft Vengeance of a Freedom FighterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:July 3, 2014Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520283627

ISBN - 13:9780520283626


Table of Contents

Preface to the 2014 Edition
The SoftVengeance of a Freedom Fighter
Epilogue to the 2014 Edition
Persons Mentioned in the Narrative