The Theatre of Violence

Narratives of protagonists in the South African conflict

Authors: Don Foster, Paul Haupt and Marésa de Beer. Published by HSRC Press.

This study aims understand the complexities of political violence in South Africa between 1960 and 1994. While many accounts have focused on the victims of state repression, this unique volume documents the often contradictory and confusing stories of those who acknowledge having committed some dreadful deeds. It examines the violence forensically, through its public and popular representations, academically and, finally, through the narrative approach.

Farm Design was commissioned to design the cover of this book dealing with apartheid violence on both sides of the political spectrum. We chose to depict the result of the violence with a photo by Guy Tillim of a war-damaged wall. The V-symbol is reminiscent of a militaristic motive.

See also this volume with narratives of apartheid violence published by IJR

Learning to Live Together

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A selection of other projects for HSRC Press by Farm Design

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