"One of the best books of the year."
"This is a deeply moving account of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission–South Africa’s attempt to come to terms with her often horrendous past. Antjie Krog writes with the sensitivity of a poet and the clarity of a journalist. Country of My Skull is a must-read for all who are fascinated by this unique attempt to deal with a post-conflict context. It is a beautiful and powerful book."
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Trying to understand the new South Africa without the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be futile; trying to understand the commission without this book would be irresponsible."
– André Brink, author of A Dry White Season
Antjie Krog has rendered the world a great service. This elegant manifesto for justice will haunt the soul long after the reading is done."
– Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans
"Here is the extraordinary reportage of one who, eyes staring into the filthiest places of atrocity, poet’s searing tongue speaking of them, is not afraid to go too far. Antjie Krog breaks all the rules of dispassionate recounts, the restraints of ‘decent’ prose, because this is where the truth might be reached and reconciliation with it is posited like a bewildered angel thrust down into hell."
– Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature