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The History of Man by Siphiwe Ndlovu (Expected Oct 2020)

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Publication Date: October 2020 - Pre-order Now!

Emil Coetzee, a civil servant in his fifties, is washing blood off his hands
when the ceasefire is announced.


Like everyone else, he feels unmoored by the end of the conflict. War had
given him his sense of purpose, his identity.


But why has Emil’s life turned out so different from his parents’, who
spent cheery Friday evenings flapping and flailing the Charleston or dancing
the foxtrot? What happened to the Emil who used to wade through the
singing elephant grass of the savannah, losing himself in it?


Prize-winner Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s novel traces Emil’s life from
boyhood to manhood – from his days at a privileged boarding school with
the motto ‘It is here that boys become the men of history’, to his falling in
love with the ever-elusive Marion, whose free-spirited nature has dire
consequences for his heart – all the while showing how Emil becomes a man
apart.


Set in a southern African country that is never named, this tale of human
fallibility – told with empathy, generosity and a light touch – is an excursion
into the interiority of the coloniser.

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