By Rian Malan
Publish yr note: First released in 1990
“Here is truth-telling at its so much exemplary and brave. The remorseless workout of a reporter’s anguished sense of right and wrong provides us a South Africa we notion we knew all approximately: yet we knew nothing.” — [i[John le Carré[/i]
My Traitor’s Heart is an surprising paintings of reportage, right now attractive, scary, and profound—a e-book not like the other approximately South Africa. Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a centuries-old extended family deeply all in favour of the production of apartheid. As a tender crime reporter, Malan coated the atrocities of an undeclared race struggle and eventually fled the rustic, unhinged via what he had obvious. 8 years later, he returns to confront his personal demons, and people who are tearing his kingdom aside.
Written within the ultimate years of apartheid’s bloody cave in, My Traitor’s Heart nonetheless resonates, supplying a chilling—but eventually redemptive—vision of the darkest recesses of the black and white South African psyches.
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