The Other Side of Silence

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As a small child in a wintry Bremen Hanna starts dreaming about the other side of silence, the place where the wind comes from and palm trees wave in the sun. She sees her chance to escape from years of abuse in the orphanage and in service by joining one of the shiploads of young women transported in the early years of the twentieth century to the colony of German South-West Africa to assuage the needs of the male settlers. Atrocious punishment for daring to resist the advances of an army officer lands her in a fantasmagoric refuge in the African desert - 'prison, nunnery, brothel, shithouse, Frauenstein'. When the drunken excesses of a visiting army detachment threaten the young girl Katja who has become her only companion, Hanna revolts. Mounting a ragtag army of female and native victims of colonial brutality, she sets out on an epic march through the desert to take on the might of the German Reich. This apocalyptic journey through the darker regions of the soul will also reveal to her the hidden meanings of suffering, revenge, companionship, love, and compassion.

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"Brink is one of the crucial writers of our time... A truly horrifying tale, but compassionately and compellingly told." -- "Glasgow Herald" "An astonishing performance...his most profound and most beautiful novel." -- "Irish Times" "Peter Carey, Garcia Marquez, Solzhenitsyn: Andre Brink must be considered with that class of writer." -- "Guardian" "Harsh, visionary and unsettling." -- "Time Out" "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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