Mandela book translations a hit

27 January 2011

Nelson Mandela’s new book, Conversations with Myself, released in October 2010, has taken readers in France and Portugal by storm.

By early December, the French edition, entitled Conversations Avec Moi-Meme, had been on the list of best-selling books in France for over five weeks, reaching number 15, and has been reprinted three times. The book was just as well received in Portugal, and had been on its best-seller list for over three weeks.

The Portuguese book, entitled Arquivo Intimo, was launched in Lisbon, Portugal at an intimate affair at the South African Embassy, and presented by former Portuguese president Mario Soares. Proceedings were broadcast on Portuguese television.

Conversations with Myself, which was released worldwide in 22 editions and 20 languages, takes the reader on an intimate journey through the life of Mr Mandela, from the time the politician in him was born, through the 27 years he spent in prison for the liberation of his country, to his inspiring role on the world stage.

The book contains extracts from letters written in the darkest hours of his years in prison, as well as from an unfinished follow-up to his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

The unique archive of Mr Mandela’s thoughts was compiled by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation