On the eve of the Soweto riots, narrator Martin Mynhardt, André Brink’s hard-nosed Afrikaner businessman, stubbornly clings to his view of the world.

Winter in South Africa: a time of searing drought, angry stirrings in Soweto, and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched bush. Martin Mynhardt, a wealthy Afrikaner, plans a weekend at his old family farm. But his visit coincides with a time of crisis in his personal life. In a few days the security of a lifetime is destroyed and, with only the uncertain values of his past to guide him, Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of his future.

The Booker Prize 1978
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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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