Dare Not Linger

The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela

  • Published: Oct 05, 2020

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandelas memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his... read more

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Details of Dare Not Linger

Exact title of the book
Dare Not Linger
Book author
Nelson Mandela
ISBN
9780374717735
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Oct 24, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
384
File size (in PDF)
3456 kB

Some brief overview of book

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandelas memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom. "I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.

But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended." In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africas citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy.

Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandelas presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandelas unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandelas widow, Graa Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandelas presidency and the creation of a new democracy.

It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.

About author

Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, on July 18, 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Partys apartheid policies after 1948. From 1964 to 1982, he was incarcerated at Robben Island Prison and then later moved to Pollsmoor Prison, during which time his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily.

Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom. He died on December 5, 2013, at age ninety-five.

Mandla Langa was born in 1950 in Durban, South Africa. After being arrested in 1976, he went into exile and has lived in Botswana, Mozambique, and Angola, as well as Hungary, Zambia, and the United Kingdom, where he was the ANCs Cultural Representative. A writer and journalist, he was the first South African to be awarded the Arts Council of Great Britain bursary for creative writing and has been a columnist for the Sunday Independent and the New Nation.

He is also the author of several acclaimed novels, including The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, which won the 2009 Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the African Region. Graa Machel was born in Mozambique in 1945. A teacher, human rights activist, international advocate for womens and childrens rights, and politician, she was marriedfrom 1975 until his death in 1986to Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique.

In July 1988 she married Nelson Mandela. Among numerous awards she has received the United Nations Nansen Medal in recognition of her long-standing humanitarian work, particularly on behalf of refugee children.

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