Willem Anker’s fiercely powerful novel is a wild, epic tale of Africa in a time before boundaries between cultures and peoples were fixed. Translated by Michiel Heyns.
In the 18th century, a giant bestrides the border of the Cape Colony frontier. Coenraad de Buys is a legend, a polygamist, a swindler and a big talker; a rebel who fights with Xhosa chieftains against the Boers and British; the fierce patriarch of a sprawling mixed-race family with a veritable tribe of followers; a savage enemy and a loyal ally. Like the wild dogs who are always at his heels, he roams the shifting landscape of southern Africa, hungry and spoiling for a fight.
About the AuthorWillem Anker was born in Citrusdal in the Western Cape in 1979 and lectures in creative writing at Stellenbosch University.