Revolutionary Traveller - Freeze-Frames From a Life

Revolutionary Traveller

Freeze-Frames From a Life

By John S. Saul
Subjects: Social Science
Paperback : 9781894037372, 436 pages, November 2009
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In this book 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 literating 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