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Zapiro’s Greatest Hits Collected in DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip

DemoCrazyZapiro’s latest offering DemoCrazy: SA’s Twenty-Year Trip records the extraordinary South African journey over the past two decades since the landmark election of 1994 through the eyes of the nation’s best-loved (and, by some politicians, most-loathed) cartoonist. Zapiro has won many awards for his work capturing the intensity and the absurdity of South African political and social life. DemoCrazy represents his ‘greatest hits’ collection from Mandela to Zuma – from Amandla to Nkandla and everything in between. It is a brutally funny record of a momentous and historic time.

Look back to see how far the country has come but also how much further we still need to go to fulfil the promise of those early years of democracy. South Africa may have changed in twenty years but Zapiro’s sharp wit and cutting satire have remained a welcome constant over the years.

“Zapiro makes a five-course meal of each and every cartoon-worthy moment, which we seem to have in abundance in SA.” – Business Day

“May his razor-sharp wit never blunt nor his magnifying glass being held over us ever cloud over.” – Mercury

About the author

Born in Cape Town, Zapiro – aka Jonathan Shapiro – studied architecture at UCT before moving to the art campus, Michaelis. Following his two-year conscription in the army, he applied for and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study cartooning at the School of Visual Arts in New York for two years.

The name Zapiro was derived from the nickname of a fellow pupil at Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Martin Szapiro, whose friends called him Zap. After Martin’s death, Zapiro adopted the name.

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