Imaginings of Sand
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Imaginings of Sand

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

When expatriate Afrikaner Kristien Müller hears of her grandmother’s impending death, she ends her self-imposed exile in London and returns to the South Africa she thought she’d escaped. But irrevocable change is sweeping the land, and reality itself seems to be in flux as the country stages its first democratic elections. Kristien’s Ouma Kristina herself is dying because of the upheavals: a terrorist attack on her isolated mansion has terminally injured her. As Kristien keeps vigil by her grandmother’s sickbed, Ouma tells Kristien stories of nine generations of women in the family, stories in which myth and reality blur, in which legend and brute fact are confused, in which magic, treachery, farce, and heroism are the stuff of the day-to-day. Imaginings of Sand is the passionate tale of a nation discovering itself and of the women who pioneered that discovery.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR André
Brink

One of South Africa’s most distinguished writers, André Brink was born in 1935.

Poet, novelist, essayist and teacher, he began work as a University lecturer in Afrikaans and Dutch Literature in the 1960s. He began writing in Afrikaans, but when censored by the South African government, began to also write in English and became published overseas. He remains a key figure in the modernisation of the Afrikaans language novel. (From British Council)

One of South Africa’s most distinguished writers, André Brink was born in 1935.

Poet, novelist, essayist and teacher, he began work as a University lecturer in Afrikaans and Dutch Literature in the 1960s. He began writing in Afrikaans, but when censored by the South African government, began to also write in English and became published overseas. He remains a key figure in the modernisation of the Afrikaans language novel. (From British Council)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
10/02/1997
Country
South Africa
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Secker & Warburg, Minerva, Harcourt Brace

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