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Set in the fictional town of Nelstoom, in the Transvaal, during the Apartheid era in South Africa, this powerful novel concerns itself with relations between the Africans who live in the town's "Location" and their white neighbors.
One day Walter Mabasso comes to live in the Location, and his arrival causes new currents, new tensions, and new emotions to stir in the shabby streets and houses.
The Location superintendent, Hendrik du Toit, is a serious and hardworking civil servant who not only tries to please his employers, the Town Council, but the Location people as well. He would have been amazed to know that his honest, earnest and elevated motives make him seem a tyrant to the natives.
These two men - Mabasso as Du Toit - also come to symbolize and bear responsibility for what follows, when a tiny incident in the life of the Location grows into a conflagration that engulfs the entire town and all of its inhabitants.
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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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