The first people of South Africa, Stone-Age hunters and gatherers from the mountains and the arid flats of the interior, did not survive the arrival of settlers from Europe. Within decades an ancient world of sorcerers, hunters and artists was lost forever, along with the stories they told. We would know next to nothing of their myths, their beliefs or the rituals that governed their lives if it were not for six bushmen, five of whom had been sentenced to hard labour in a Cape Town prison in 1869. Released into the country home of a Prussian linguist and his English born sister-in-law, they were invited to teach their language and to share a previously unknown world on the verge of extinction. Over the next 18 years they worked together to capture this lost world of myths, songs, pictures and moving personal histories. The notebooks answer questions about ancient rock art and describe the awful tragedy of a vanished people.
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'A story of horror and heroism... Bennun has told it with wonderful finesse' -- Daily Telegraph
Beautiful... moving... immensely rich. Neil Bennun's tale has a noble, even Homeric, resonance... Told with wonderful finesse. -- The Telegraph
Beautifully told -- Sunday Times
Rich and beautiful -- The Spectator
Neil Bennun was born in Devon in 1971 and lives in London. He is a graduate of the University of London and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141008237
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110141008237