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Conflict between Walter Mabaso, a new arrival in Nelstroom, Transvaal, and Hendrik Du Toit, the location superintendent in charge of the Black residents, stirs up the whole town
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Harry Bloom was an attorney, novelist and playwright who, since his student days in Johannesburg, committed himself to work for racial equality and justice in his country.
When Transvaal Espisode was first published in South Africa in 1956 it sold 20,000 copies and was reprinted and translated in 17 other countries. As a hard-hitting indictment of Apartheid it became so controversial that bloom was arrested and held for 6 weeks during a round-up of outspoken critics of the government. He also had his passport cancelled, rendering him unable to travel to London in 1957 to receive the British Authors Club Award for having written the best novel of the year.
In 1963, with his passport restored, he moved to Great Britain where he continued to write and work for the establishment of a just South African state until his death in 1981. Among his accomplishments during this period was writing the book for the musical King Kong, a folk/jazz/opera that brought Miriam Mekeba to world-wide prominence after running in South Africa, London, and New York.
The 'episode' in this novel is a race riot that is ignited in a South African town after a black washerwoman is accused of stealing a collar from a white family's laundry and her husband is accidentally shot by a nervous white policeman while protesting her arrest. A gripping and illuminating work. --The New York Times Book Review
Fiery and admirable, it has power, passion and a controlled savagery that make it uncomfortable but fascinating reading. --London Daily Telegraph
Bloom's beautifully written novel is a classis of modern literature and deserves a wide audience. --Booklist
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Book Description David Phillips Publishers, 1981. Condition: Used: Good. text clean, binding tight, edgewear, pages yellowing, Seller Inventory # bb14800
Book Description David Phillips Publishers, 1981. Soft cover. Condition: Good. wraps are shelf rubbed. tanning and marks. gift inscription. well bound. fairly good copy.[S.N]. Seller Inventory # awvl