Two days before receiving his Nobel Peace Prize, African National Congress (A.N.C.) President Nelson Mandela entertains visitors and well-wishers at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway. Tall, exquisitely tailored, he dispenses soft handshakes and his world-famous smile. The 27 years he spent in South African prisons seem somehow to have left him younger than his 75 years; he looks well + rested and benign. The mention of a newborn baby boy makes him beam. Because of his confinement, he did not get to see his own two youngest daughters grow up, and since his release he has kindled a love affair...

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