MEMORIES OF DIVISION, MEMORIES OF RECONCILIATION. A reading of a life in Mandela’s "Long Walk to Freedom"
How can memories of division as have characterised modernity in South Africa turn towards memories of reconciliation? The difficulty is captured in Benedict Anderson’s apparent paradox: that the nation, if it is to cohere, has to know not only what to remember, but also what to forget. A reading of Mandela’s life in his autobiography illustrates the challenge.