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My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

Malan, Rian

ISBN 10: 087113229X / ISBN 13: 9780871132291
Published by Atlantic Monthly Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1989 Fine book, Fine unclipped jacket, Stated First Printing on copyright page, 349 clean tight unmarked pages, brown end pages, black boards with 1/4 black covered spine, pink and green stamped lettering on the spine, jacket is black with red, yellow and green lettering on the front and spine, the book appears to be unread. Bookseller Inventory # 002551

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Title: My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile ...

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A relative of the architect of apartheid who left the country offers his observations on his return, discussing the extremists that continue to divide the country

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Like many white South Africans of his generation, Rian Malan fled his country to dodge the draft. He felt incredibly guilty for this act, but would have felt equally guilty for not doing it: "I ran because I wouldn't carry a gun for apartheid, and because I wouldn't carry a gun against it." Malan, the product of a well-known Afrikaner family, returned to South Africa and produced My Traitor's Heart, which explores the literal and figurative brutalities of apartheid. Death is a constant presence on these pages, and the narrative is driven by Malan's criminal reportage. This acclaimed book intends to illuminate South Africa's poisonous race relations under apartheid, and few books do it this well.

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