Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, a member of the clan that produced Daniel Francois Malan, one of the master builders of apartheid, and General Magnus Malan, South Africa's Minister of Defence. In 1977, he fled his homeland to live in America. Eight years later, he returned home to face his country, his tribe and his conscience, and to write My Traitor's Heart.
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Like many white South Africans of his generation, Rian Malan fled his country to dodge the draft. He felt incredibly guilty for this act, but would have felt equally guilty for not doing it: "I ran because I wouldn't carry a gun for apartheid, and because I wouldn't carry a gun against it." Malan, the product of a well-known Afrikaner family, returned to South Africa and produced My Traitor's Heart, which explores the literal and figurative brutalities of apartheid. Death is a constant presence on these pages, and the narrative is driven by Malan's criminal reportage. This acclaimed book intends to illuminate South Africa's poisonous race relations under apartheid, and few books do it this well.From the Publisher:
"Remarkable...[Malan's] analysis is penetrating, comprehensive and--in its relentless accumulation of ghastly detail--heartbreaking."--Washington Post Book World
"A passionate, blazingly honest testament...Those who read it will never again see South Africa in quite the same way."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Book Description Vintage Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110099912902