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Ronnie Kasrils chats about his latest memoir

18 November 2019 12:12 PM
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Eusebius McKaiser sits down with the author as they discuss 'Catching Tadpoles'.

Former intelligence minister and struggle stalwart Ronnie Kasrils has written a book titled Catching Tadpoles.

In the book Kasrils details his childhood, growing up in predominantly white suburbs, playing games with his friends on the koppie and the beginnings of his political identity.

RELATED: Fraser is playing umpire and player - Ronnie Kasrils

He joins Eusebius McKaiser to discuss what prompted him to write his book.

I make reference in the book to the reader that they must not take my history as "thee history". With any memoir, it is with language that you can begin to connect things.

Ronnie Kasrils, Author - Catching Tadpoles

Kasrils says when he was younger, he used to catch tadpoles with the thought that he would keep them and that memory stayed with him, hence the title of the book.

As I was trying to recall these past events, I remember how granny called me the tadpole boy. I suddenly hit the metaphor that reaching through my mind in the dark areas was like trying to grasp the little tadpoles with my bare hands.

Ronnie Kasrils, Author - Catching Tadpoles

Listen below to the full conversation:


18 November 2019 12:12 PM
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