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Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White
Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White
By Joseph Lelyveld
Times Books, 1985, 339 pp

The former New York Times South Africa correspondent eschews the political and social analysis which illuminated South Africa's dilemmas for Times readers during the early 1980s and instead conveys the essence of apartheid through its effects on people. A series of delicately limned portraits of whites and blacks shows the self-deception, circumlocution and blunted moral sense needed to maintain the system; the stoicism and irony required to endure it with dignity; and the leap of faith involved in defying its real, raw power. Lelyveld's story ends before the uprisings of the past year revealed that something has apparently snapped within that system, but whatever may be changing, he has shown us clearly the spiritual base from which it emanates.