An unprecedented personal portrait of one of the great leaders of our time, in his own words.
Nelson Mandela is one of the most inspiring and iconic figures of our age. Now, after a lifetime of taking pen to paper to record thoughts and events, hardships and victories, he has opened his personal archive, which offers an unprecedented insight into his remarkable life.
Conversations With Myself gives readers access to the private man behind the public figure: from letters written in the darkest hours of Mandela's twenty-seven years of imprisonment to the draft of an unfinished sequel to Long Walk to Freedom. Here he is making notes and even doodling during meetings, or recording troubled dreams on the desk calendar of his cell on Robben Island; writing journals while on the run during the anti-apartheid struggles in the early 1960s, or conversing with friends in almost seventy hours of recorded conversations. In these pages he is neither an icon nor a saint; here he is like you and me.
An intimate journey from the first stirrings of his political conscience to his galvanizing role on the world stage, Conversations With Myself is a rare chance to spend time with Nelson Mandela the man, in his own words: direct, clear, private.
"The book is intensely moving, raw and unmediated, told in real time with all the changes in perspective that brings, over the years, mixing the prosaic with the momentous." (Peter Godwin, Observer)
"Gathered from letters and bits of Mandela’s unpublished autobiography, this book offers fresh and moving insights into the man behind the symbol...The real miracle was to sustain himself with such strength and dignity through more than a quarter century of often hideous imprisonment, refusing all blandishments and conditional offers of freedom. Loving Winnie with all his heart was simply necessary to that prodigious effort, before which we can only stand in awe and admiration." (R W Johnson, Sunday Times Culture)
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