2. Gillian Slovo

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Liane speaks with South African author, Gillian Slovo, about her latest book, a memoir, entitled "Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country" (Little Brown). The daughter of South Africa's most prominent white anti-apartheid activists, Joe Slovo and Ruth Furst, her novel is an examination of the personal and political events that shaped her family's life. Her mother, Ruth, was assassinated by a letter bomb in exile in 1982. But her father, Joe, lived to witness the triumph of years of armed resistence against white minority rule. At one time the head of the outlawed Communist Party, he went become the only white minister to serve in Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid government.

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