On The Contrary (Paperback)
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On The Contrary (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 26/09/1994
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Estienne Barbier, born in the Loire Valley in 1699, lays claim to service in the armies of the kings of France and Prussia, but he is an inveterate liar, and the truth is less glorious: irate husbands have made the Lowlands too hot to hold him, and he has deserted his pregnant wife to stow away for the Cape of Good Hope. An expedition to the hinterland opens his eyes to the majesty of the African landscape and its wondrous animals and he is enchanted by the rumour of a fabled city of gold. But he also begins to see clearly the sordid dealing that underlies the self-righteous pomposity of the East India Company. It is a vision that makes him powerful enemies. Taking cover on a remote farm, and energetically consoling sundry widows, Barbier finds himself, to his own surprise, fomenting rebellion.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780749397982
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An immensely generous novel, vivid and adroit in its use of history" * The Times *
"Peter Carey, Garcia Marquez, Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Andre Brink must be considered with that class of writer" * The Guardian *
"On the surface, On the Contrary is a picaresque historical novel... Underneath, of course, the novel is about today's South Africa and the dilemmas facing people challenging the status quo. Brink has written a novel which entertains first and only later assumes a political significance. To rake over the old embers with such skill and ingenuity represents a considerable acheivement" * Sunday Telegraph *
"Infernally beautiful" * New Statesman *
"Unfailingly honest" * Sunday Times *

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