PRINT April 1984


How to Commit Suicide in South Africa

I remember the faces of Barry White and Charlie Pride when they announced Debbie Boone had won the best-pop-single award (for “You Light Up My Life”) on a music program on TV. She wasn’t there to accept. Someone brought a phone on stage with a direct line to Debbie, on tour in South Africa. The hosts’ congratulations couldn’t have been hollower.

HOW TO COMMIT SUICIDE IN South Africa is an illustrated overview of the tragic reality of South Africa now. It’s a very difficult book to (re-)view because it makes you feel ashamed of being human. This and the symbiotic relationship of Sue Coe’s expressionistic pictures (black, white, slashes of red) with Holly Metz’s factual, well organized, and accessible text transforms what could have been another dreary weekend of agitprop into an outstanding manifestation of creative energy, a successful but chilling union of art and politics.

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