South Africa: Mandela's updated memoir to be published in 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - A posthumous memoir of world statesman Nelson Mandela, which will reflect on his term as South Africa's first democratically-elected president, is scheduled to be published worldwide next year, the publisher said.

Publisher Pan Macmillan on Tuesday confirmed it would publish the sequel to Mandela's acclaimed best-selling autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” in Britain, South Africa, India and Australasia.

The rights to the publication have not yet been sold in Canadian and the United States.

The publisher said the Nelson Mandela Foundation has "a substantial but incomplete personally written draft" of the book, written before his death in December 2013 at the age of 95.

On the wishes of his widow, Graca Machel, the book will be completed by a group of Mandela's former advisers. Machel said Mandela began work on the book in 1998, near the end of his five-year presidential term.

Pan Macmillan said the book, which is yet to be titled, would be "candid and clear-eyed about the difficulties he faced while in office, but also about the fault lines which run through contemporary South Africa".

“Long Walk to Freedom” which was published in 1995 profiles his early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison.

It also chronicles his dramatic release and journey to the presidency and ends with the following reflection: “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 come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”

The book, which became one the biggest political memoirs in history and continues to sell around the world, was adapted into a film with the same name which was produced by Anant Singh.

The Nobel Laureate achieved international recognition for the role he played in rebuilding South Africa's fractured society.
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24 march 2015 12:23:45

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