In Revolutionary Traveller, John S. Saul draws on a series of his own occasional articles written over a span of forty years which, together with a linking narrative, serve to trace not only his own career as an anti-apartheid and liberation support movement activist in both Canada and southern Africa but also help recount the history of the various struggles in both venues in which he has been directly involved. He thus shapes a unique memoir, capped by some longer summary pieces on the global processes of empire and decolonization that he has witnessed and on the reading, listening, playing and family pleasures that have enlivened his life’s passage.

At its core, Revolutionary Traveller tries to make sense of the path taken by liberation movements in Southern Africa from the perspective of one swept up in their momentum. It is both sobering and liberating to read a personal account of such large political transformations that considers the role an individual can play while acknowledging the greater role of class and national forces.

Chris Webb, Canadian Dimension magazine

Subject Social Science/Essays/Personal Memoirs
Published November 2009
Price $26.95 CDN
Pages 320 pp (Paper)
Dimensions 5.5″ × 8.5″ × 1.25″
ISBN-10 1-894037-37-5
ISBN-13 978-1894037-37-2

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  • Carolyn Bassett, in Labour, Capital and Society writes:

    Revolutionary Traveller is a scholarly memoir that beautifully integrates Saul’s first-hand knowledge and activism with his intellectual preoccupations during critical moments in his life as it intersected with the history of Southern African decolonization, development and recolonization. Organized in chronological chapters, Saul contextualizes a selection of passages of his writings (especially less formal writings like reports and magazine articles) with information about where he was in his life at that point, and thus, how his academic and activist commitments together informed his analysis…Revolutionary Traveller makes the additional case for a genuine and engaged politics of solidarity that recognizes the interconnected nature of struggles for social justice.

About the Author

A veteran anti-apartheid and liberation support movement activist in Canada and elsewhere, and longtime campaigner for economic justice in Africa, John S. Saul taught at Toronto’s York University for many years and has also, cumulatively, for almost a decade, in Africa itself (Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa). He is currently working on a short analytical history of South Africa and, for Arbeiter Ring, a study of the world-wide anti-apartheid/liberation support movement since 1945.