Author Archives: Nicolaas Vergunst

10. Exploring past and present lives—Tutankhamen

Egyptian researchers remove the three-thousand-year-old mummy from its sarcophagus for CT-scanning in 2005. The mummy was returned to its original resting place inside Tutankhamen’s tomb in 2007. The tomb, known as KV62, has been closed to the public for conservation since … Continue reading

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Exploring past and present lives—Jacob Zuma

Among the most startling and unprecedented revelations in Knot of Stone are those about Jacob Zuma’s alleged past lives—including his greed, corruption and intransigence. These were conveyed by a local clairaudient Laurence Oliver in 2009 (two years prior to publication of … Continue reading

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10. Exploring past and present lives—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

How are we to remember Nelson Mandela? Should it be as one of our most celebrated prisoners or, rather, as the first black president of South Africa? Should it be for his vision, his compassion, or for his strong will? Knot of Stone … Continue reading

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2. Old mariners, modern explorers—part one

De ruimtevaarder (spaceman) is a typical travel ballad by singer-songwriter Stef Bos, appearing on his 2005 album Ruimtevaarder. Once a borderless roamer, the renown Dutch troubadour now lives in Cape Town.  Music courtesy of Niemandsland. “Both Jason the Argonaut and Henry the … Continue reading

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2. Old mariners, modern explorers—part two

“They say Sagres was as important to the Age of Discovery as Cape Canaveral has been to the Space Age?” Sonja Haas, KoS p.127 One of the most striking parallels in Knot of Stone is that between the oceanic explorations of … Continue reading

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2. Old mariners, modern explorers—part three

In July 1969, when Neil Armstrong left for the moon with his Apollo 11 team, he knew there was a chance that they may not return to Earth. Speechwriter William Safire thus prepared a statement ‘In Event of Moon Disaster’ for President … Continue reading

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3. KNOTof STONE in Portugal

This old Volvo coupé is the one used by Sonja and Jason in Knot of Stone. It belongs to her brother Bart and was stowed by her parents in Lagos, Portugal, during his prolonged illness. (KoS p.137) Their trip is as … Continue reading

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4. KNOTof STONE in South Africa

The story behind Knot of Stone begins in June—yes, that’s this month—following the arrival of Sonja Haas in Cape Town. To assist our new readers, we’ve compiled a chapter summary of Sonja’s journey and will, day by day, add highlights from her trip. … Continue reading

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5. First encounters, lasting legacies—part one

In an age of overseas exploration, c.1400-1600, modern history was born on our beaches, those marginal spaces where indigenes and interlopers first met. These encounters still shape the history, memory and identity of people today. Patric Tariq Mellet and Nicolaas Vergunst take a look at … Continue reading

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