Three stories set against a series of documentary accounts of South African politics and current affairs since 1985. It is constructed as a patchwork of opinion, fiction and history which develops to an emotional climax by this prize-winning author.
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The nameless narrator of Brink's daring, brilliant novel is a South African writer who struggles to perfect a love story "untarnished by politics." But the political fact of apartheid intrudes constantly on the story-within-a-story romance of Philip Malan, married, 50ish professor, and Melissa, his 23-year-old graduate student and mistress. Her ex-boyfriend, an up-and-coming instructor, leads anti-apartheid protests that shake her complacency. And Philip, we learn, broke off an affair with a woman from Martinique during the Paris riots of 1968 because of their ethnic differences--a move he now considers a repugnant act of cowardice. A second plot is introduced when the narrator discovers the feverish diary of a white woman recently burned to death who had been romantically involved with a black terrorist fugitive. These separate love stories collide and interpenetrate in the narrator's imagination, against a backdrop of escalating racial violence. Within this highly self-referential format, Brink ( A Dry White Season ) demonstrates that neither love nor art offers an escape; even the imagination is determined by political realities. What might have been a dry academic exercise in the hands of a lesser writer is here a gripping, urgent report from the combat zone, a profound meditation on the power and bondage of the writer's craft.
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Book Description Flamingo, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6543197
Book Description Flamingo, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006543197