Under the Lion depicts the struggle for a just society in which the security forces of an oppressive state are locked in violent conflict with the people. Lawyer Joseph S. seeks salvation from the injustices done by the state in his name as one of the ruling classes. He agrees to defend the assassin of the head of the state and finds himself alone, abandoned by family and friends. The book confronts the liberal dilemma: "Where do I stand in the struggle?"
This is a powerful and angry work about South Africa in the '80s, and it is particularly relevant in the shadow of the Los Angeles riots.
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Steve Jacobs was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1955. He studied Law at the University of Cape Town, and after a year spent working on a kibbutz in Israel he worked as an Advocate in Johannesburg. He left the legal profession to concentrate on his writing. A collection of his short stories, Light in a Stark Age, was published in 1984 (Ravan Press). This was followed by two novellas, published as Diary of an Exile (Ad. Donker, 1986).He has had a number of jobs since leaving the legal profession, including being a freelance reporter and a property administrator. He is currently Sub-Editor of The Argus, a Cape Town daily newspaper.He is an active campaigner for human and animal rights, and has been a Trustee of Beauty without Cruelty, worked with squatters at the Crossroads township, and been a member of Koeburg Alert, an organisation opposing a nuclear power station.
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Book Description Heinemann, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0435905880