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Jonathan Rosenbaum gets it backward when he describes In My Country [Critic's Choice, April 8] as a "docudrama" and its source, Country of My Skull, as a "novel."

Antjie Krog's book is a documentary account of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, which she covered for SABC radio in the 1990s. It's true that some witnesses at the TRC, most notably activist and survivor of police torture Yazir Henry, accused Krog of overly imaginative reporting. Nonetheless, her book still speaks truth about the TRC and is worth a lot more time than Boorman's film, which is a classic Hollywood melodrama that borrows Krog's title but not much else.

For those who want to find out about the TRC, Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull is published in the U.S. by Times Books; Yazir Henry's critical response to Krog is in Looking Back, Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, edited by Charles Villa-Vicencio and Wilhelm Verwoerd, and is distributed in the U.S. by St. Martin's Press, New York.

Loren Kruger

Professor of English, comparative literature, African studies, and theater and performance studies

University of Chicago

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