André Brink’s intense historical adventure set in 18th-century South Africa is a passionate tale of love, hope and the struggle for survival.

In 1749, a black man comes to the rescue of a white woman who is stranded in the wilderness of the South African interior. She is an educated woman, totally helpless in the wild. He is a runaway slave. At first their relationship is guarded, but hesitantly there emerges between them a fellowship that engulfs their most private selves, as they undertake the long trek back to civilisation.

The Booker Prize 1976
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W.H. Allen
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André Brink

André Brink

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André Brink was born in Vrede, South Africa. The author of several highly acclaimed novels, he is one of South Africa's most prominent writers.
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