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Promised Land

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Having left South Africa as a child, a young man returns to visit the farm he has inherited from his mother, in an attempt to achieve a better understanding of his heritage. The Promised Land has become totally strange to him, but his arrival sets in motion a chain of events which ends in tragedy.

Originally published in Afrikaans under the title Na die Geliefde land, Prom
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Hardcover, 205 pages
Published June 15th 1978 by Simon & Schuster
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Jim Elkins
Aug 23, 2013 Jim Elkins rated it did not like it
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This novel imagines a future in which apartheid went “the other way,” so that Afrikaans people were dispossessed or forced into poverty. The book declares itself as an allegory early on by the way Schoeman sticks to generalities.
I found the first ten or twenty pages interesting; after that I found it implausible, unpleasant, and finally infuriating.

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The book is well translated and I can imagine the Afrikaans is equally simple and clear. The ultimate model here is Kafka, and there is
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Schoeman is one of a handful of Afrikaans authors who has achieved real greatness in his own lifetime. His prizes include the Hertzog prize for prose three times (1970, 1986, 1995), the CNA prize (1972), the Helgaard Steyn prize (1988), the W.A. Hofmeyr prize and the Old Mutual prize for literature/fiction (1984, 1991). His work investigates the existence of the Afrikaner in Africa, especially ...more
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