The Free Diary of Albie Sachs

The Free Diary of Albie Sachs describes the years of a South African in European exile.
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Title: The Free Diary of Albie Sachs
Author: Albie Sachs
Type: Autobiography
Imprint: Umuzi
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Cape Town, South Africa 2000
ISBN 9780958446853 / ISBN 978-0-9584468-5-3
Softcover, 16x22 cm, 232 pages


In this book Albie Sachs and his life partner Vanessa September take us with them to his places of former exile. In London and St Petersburg and Helsinki we meet those who they met, and see the sights and sounds they experienced on what is often an intimate journey that celebrates freedom, love and happiness. Their encounters range from former IRA and loyalist prisoners in Belfast to President Putin in Moscow and couples wheeling prams on the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin.

In the process the reader shares their thoughts and conversations on politics, law, music, art, and architecture. The people they meet on their travels want to know more about how, in the country that gave rise to apartheid, the struggle for human rights has produced what is widely regarded as the world's most advanced constitution. No one is more qualified to answer such telling questions than Albie Sachs - which he does in this book with warmth, charm and unique insight.

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