Edited by Ivan Vladislavic. Published by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. First edition, November 2000.
In 1996, the University of the Witwatersrand commissioned a painting for its William Cullen Library. The commission presented an unusual opportunity for the artist, Cyril Coetzee, to engage critically with the past. Yet it came about in a period of immense social change in South Africa, when the urgent demands of the present could not be ignored.
Coetzee’s creative struggle to resolve these tensions issued in ‘T’kama-Adamastor’, a startling new vision of the ‘Age of Discovery’, in which the colonial view of Africa is questioned and subverted.
This collection of essays occasioned by the painting presents an equally rare opportunity for writers to reflect on the complex meanings of a single artwork.
Hardback with dust jacket. The jacket has a tear of approx 4 cm at the top front adjacent to the spine, but is otherwise in good condition. The book is clean internally, with sound binding and bright pages.