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Redlined Africa: Ruth First'S Barrel of a Gun

Redlined Africa: Ruth First'S Barrel of a Gun <i>The Barrel of a Gun</i> is part and parcel of First&apos;s own story, her intellectual history as a South African communist and anti-apartheid activist who died in exile, a story that necessarily combines both biography and bibliography. This essay examines both the composition of the book--its research as told in First&apos;s correspondence at the time as well as the book&apos;s final draft--and its "after life"--in the reviews and debates it elicited on publication and in a retrospective consideration of its prophetic prescience or, perhaps, its foibled failure as not an "account devoted exclusively to fact." In other words, <i>The Barrel of a Gun</i> both proposes a study of coups in Africa (with special reference to the Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana) and provides a chapter in the life of Ruth First and her own contributions to the "liberation of Africa." http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Redlined Africa: Ruth First&apos;S Barrel of a Gun

Biography , Volume 25 (1) – Jan 1, 2002

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2002 Biographical Research Center.
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0162-4962
eISSN
1529-1456

Abstract

<i>The Barrel of a Gun</i> is part and parcel of First&apos;s own story, her intellectual history as a South African communist and anti-apartheid activist who died in exile, a story that necessarily combines both biography and bibliography. This essay examines both the composition of the book--its research as told in First&apos;s correspondence at the time as well as the book&apos;s final draft--and its "after life"--in the reviews and debates it elicited on publication and in a retrospective consideration of its prophetic prescience or, perhaps, its foibled failure as not an "account devoted exclusively to fact." In other words, <i>The Barrel of a Gun</i> both proposes a study of coups in Africa (with special reference to the Sudan, Nigeria, and Ghana) and provides a chapter in the life of Ruth First and her own contributions to the "liberation of Africa."

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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