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Title: Odyssey to Freedom
Author: George Bizos
Uitgewer: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
ISBN 9781415200957 / ISBN 978-1-4152-0095-7
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 616 pages, 32 pages of photographs
A remarkable, courageous and beneficial life spanning 80 eventful years: this is the long-awaited autobiography of one of the world's most admired human rights advocates. George Bizos has been a friend and lawyer to Nelson Mandela, to several leading figures from South Africa's liberation struggle and numerous other victims of apartheid. Told in astonishing detail, this spell-binding story is a tale of courage, legal acumen and the defence of human dignity. It is both a gripping courtroom drama and a record of historical events.
Beginning with his escape with his father from the Germans in Greece after rescuing six Allied soldiers, followed by their flight to South Africa where his father had been told the streets were paved with gold, Bizos describes the drama, heartache and moments of triumph in his career right up to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and the 2004 trial of Morgan Tsvangirai in Zimbabwe. He also relives the domestic moments that made bearable the brutal years, revelling in his return to his beloved Greece, his joy at the Athens Olympic Games and his love of modern Greek poetry.
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