Absolution (Hardback)
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Absolution (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 01/03/2012
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In her garden, ensconced in the lush vegetation of the Western Cape, Clare Wald, world-renowned author, mother, critic, takes up her pen and confronts her life. Sam Leroux has returned to South Africa to embark upon a project that will establish his reputation - he is to write Clare's biography. But how honest is she prepared to be? Was she complicit in crimes lurking in South Africa's past; is she an accomplice or a victim? Are her crimes against her family real or imagined? As Sam and Clare turn over the events of her life, she begins to seek reconciliation, absolution. But in the stories she weaves and the truth just below the surface of her shimmering prose, lie Sam's own ghosts. Absolution shines light on contemporary South Africa and the long dark shadow of Apartheid, the elusive nature of truth and self-perception and the mysterious alchemy of the creative process. It is a debut of extraordinary strength and power.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857892003

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“Excellent character study but too complex”

Clare Wald is a South African author coming to the end of her life who has agreed to be involved in the writing of her biography. It is to be written by Sam Leroux, a fellow South African now returning to the country... More

Hardback edition
11th March 2012
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“A strong debut”

Patrick Flanery's novel about contemporary South Africa and how Apartheid continues to cast a shadow over the country and its inhabitants.
This post-modern novel has echoes of Philip Roth and the way Flanery... More

Hardback edition
9th March 2012
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“Both gripping and frustrating”

Absolution is at times gripping and at others frustrating. Moving between the present and past lives of South African author, Clare, and that of Sam, the orphaned son of anti-apartheid activists, the book examines the... More

Hardback edition
4th March 2012
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