21 Aug Introduction Thabo Mbeki and the South African Dream Deferred. 1. 1 The Mbekis: “The Jews of Kaffirland”. 2 The Moeranes: Chekhov in. thabo mbeki: the dream deferred and anxiety was growing about the ‘aloof ‘, ‘ obscure’, and even ‘paranoid’ man who was to replace him. This was a man who . 5 Dec In , Thabo Mbeki, then 54, succeeded Nelson Mandela as leader of the African National Congress (ANC). Two years later, he followed.

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I love biographies and very interested in African politics so this was a must read for me. This title is a story about home and exile. As Mbeki battles, in the current day, with demons ranging from AIDS to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and finds his legacy challenged by the ever-growing candidacy of his would-be successor Jacob Zuma, The Dream Deferred tracks us back along the path that brought him here, and helps us understand the meaning of South Africa, post-apartheid and post-Mandela.

Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser

Nov 29, Juma Ali rated it really liked it. One of the most insightful biographies that I’ve ever read. Mar 12, Zwelihle Mfundisi rated it it was amazing. Mar 14, Loyo rated it it was amazing.

Dec 21, Corey Holmes rated it it was amazing. Oku Dotwana rated it really liked it Jan 29, In so doing, it tells the dynastic story of three generations of the Mbeki family, and of the black South African elite over the course of a century: During his fellowship he will be looking at the ways ideas about sexuality and gender identity are changing globally, and how this is changing the way people think deferded themselves and their worlds. Betty rated it liked it Apr 13, I thought the book was necessary and helped me to understand the character of the man.


No African leader since the uhuru generation of Nkrumah and Nyerere has ghe as influential. To ask other readers questions about Thabo Mbekiplease sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 10, Khaya added it Shelves: Mark Gevisser is a great writer.

Thabo Mbeki, the Dream Deferred

And yet, as he prepares to leave office inhis legacy remains intensely contested. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The understanding of “other” was well depicted. Aug 26, Sidney Luckett rated it really liked it. Oct 26, Diane Brown rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser. This was a mission. SinceGevisser has been involved in heritage development. Mbfki happens to a dream deferred?

The film is an excavation of the life of Cecil Williams, the South African gay communist theatre director. Really good insight into understanding someone who perhaps has had one of the largest contributions to building the post-Apartheid government in SA. By the time he retires inThabo Mbeki will have ruled South Africa, in effect, for the full fifteen years of its post-apartheid democracy: I kinda liked the analytic bits — i think reflections on why people are the way they are, is important in biographies.


Very intriguing book that tells a story of a man with an unassuming character and intellectual that is out of this world.

It is also a gripping journey into the turbulent history and troubled contemporary soul of the country; one that tries to make sense of the violence of the past and confusion of the present. He graduated from Yale in with a degree magna cum laude in comparative literature and worked in New York as a high school teacher and writing for Village Voice and The Nation, before returning to South Africa in There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Brett rated it liked it Feb 15, Wessel van Rensburg rated it really liked it Feb 19, Fela rated it really liked it May 26, He comes to grips with the current political turmoil by examining the history of a man who has carried, on his shoulders, the collective burden of a country seeking to realize a dream too long deferred.

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