At Last, Pieter-Dirk Uys , South Africa’s Most Famous political satirist, entertainer and AIDS activist, has penned a memoir. He takes us back to his upbringing in apartheid South Africa, his early days in the theatre, and the birth of his alter ego, Evita Bezuidenhout, the ambassador to the fictitious homeland of Bapetikosweti. He revisits his political satire, which exposed the absurdities of Whites Only policies and the ridiculousness of the fear surrounding them. He also writes frankly about his sexual journeys in a conservative, Calvinistic society that forbade interracial sex and homosexuality.
With the end of apartheid and the fall of the old tyrants, Uys wondered, did he still have a job to do? But a new democracy comes with its own challenges and absurdities, and the government continues to write his scripts for him. Whether he is education voters or informing the youth abut the dangers of HIV/AIDS, he goes to war against ignorance and complacency, brandishing, his unique weapons laughter, compassion and a plastic penis!
This is a book about journeys, both geographical and personal, a document of Pieter-Dirk Uys’s love affair with South Africa and its people. Frank and controversial, hilarious and humane, Elections & Erections expresses his passion and anger towards present circumstances, and his hope and optimism for the future.
Authored by Pieter-Dirk Uys and published by Zebra Press of Cape Town in 2002. Soft cover bound this First Edition, 2nd Impression copy is in fine condition, covered in plastic and with an illustrated cover. The size of the book is 229x149x19mm. ISBN 9781868726653.
230pp incl Glossary. Appears unread, rare, with cartoons, by Zapiro. We have a large selection of books on S African politics. Please ask.