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A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

Author(s): André Brink

Location(s): Johannesburg

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Second half of the 20th Century



Ben du Toit teaches history and geography in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is the period of the height of the youth riots in the township of Soweto. He is an ordinary, decent, harmless man, unremarkable in every way – until his sense of justice is outraged by the death of a man he has known. His friend died at the hands of the police. In the beginning it appears a straightforward matter, an unfortunate error that can be explained and put right. But as Ben investigates further he finds that his curiosity becomes labelled rebellion – and for a rebel there is no way back.

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The descriptions of the townships of Johannesburg, particularly that of Soweto, are breathtaking in their accuracy and poignancy. (Horak)

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