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[Editorial] Nelson Mandela: from Umkhonto we Sizwe to AIDS

14 Dec 2013

During Nelson Mandela's 27-year imprisonment, he and his fellow inmates kept a copy of William Shakespeare's Complete Works in circulation. Its identity was disguised by a cover made from Diwali greetings cards: it was nicknamed “The Robben Island Bible”. Prisoners underlined and annotated their favourite sections. Mandela's chosen quote was taken from Julius Caesar: “Cowards die many times before their deaths/The valiant never taste of death but once.” It is impossible to summarise the life, work, and legacy of a political figure as significant as Mandela in a few words.

14 December 2013

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet