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Betrayal

Adriaan van Dis

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation

A fearless, bestselling novel about the state of post-Apartheid South Africa.

Mulder, a Dutchman, returns at last to South Africa, his memories scattered by forty years and two strokes.

Once he fought to free the country from apartheid; now he finds its people asking whether years of democracy have left them any better off. The village where his friend Donald - a comrade from his Fraternite days - lives is as segregated as ever: fishermen struggle to eke out a living and kids wreck their brains with crystal meth.

Tensions are high: Donald wages a campaign against the local mayor; every day the whites add inches to their perimeter fences. So when Mulder and Donald attempt to help a young tik-head get clean against his will, their muddled good intentions can only be misunderstood...

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Adriaan van Dis

Adriaan Van Dis is a Dutch author with roots in what was the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). As a young man he studied Afrikaans at Amsterdam University. His novel My Father's War won a number of awards in the Netherlands and was translated into English by Ina Rilke.

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