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'Ancestral Voices' by Etienne Van Heerden
Published by Allison and Busby, UK. 1993, softcover, 260 pages
In quite good condition, ex-library with stamps etc, tears to back cover print where stickers have been removed, all pages clean.

Amazon reviews:
"Acclaimed South African writer van Heerden's subtle but powerful indictment of Afrikaner-dom in which metaphysics, magic realism, and a conventional mystery all combine to brilliant effect.

When someone shoots little Noah Pisani, a magistrate must be sent to investigate the death because no one will talk. As the magistrate begins his questioning, he learns the history of the Moolman family - a history that serves in many respects for all Afrikanerdom. With a range of fully realized characters and writing that is both eloquent and luminous: a remarkable portrait of a people and their land in the recent present."

"A powerful, spellbinding novel by prize-winning author van Heerden. Two families conspire to hide the manner of Noah's slow dying. The tale unfolds circuitously through time, as living and ancestral voices relate their individual histories, from Founder AbelOK Moolman - harsh, mad and rapacious - to policeman Abel, the motorcycle tough who arrests his mixed-blood cousin for preaching resistance in black townships. The procreative barrenness of the Moolmans becomes a theme as haunting as the land's growing aridity, while the residents' ceaseless quest for water parallels the magistrate's inquiry into collective guilt and the law's meaning. Van Heerden's is an important voice in world fiction."

"An unheralded classic. It is a DNA-helix of living and dead members of the Moolman family. The story unfolds through the visit of a magistrate sent to investigate a tragedy in the family and the spiraling tale told by the living and the dead wraps around the reader and draws him along, spell-bound. Also a great book for gaining a multi-dimensional insight into the complex and often overly simplified Afrikaner history / mindset." Please click here to ask a question
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