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As a child, Ali Neuman ran away from home to escape the Inkatha, a militant political party at war with the then-underground African National Congress. He and his mother are the only members of his family that survived the carnage of those years and the psychological scars remain.

Today, Neuman is chief of the homicide branch of the Cape Town police, a job in which he must
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Europa Editions (first published 2008)
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Unbelievably violent, amazingly confrontational, searingly honest and profoundly emotional, ZULU is one of those books that you may have to read through spread fingers, but it is almost impossible to put this book down until it screeches to an ending that will make you shudder.

This is noir, critical, brutal writing at it's absolute best. The "Zulu" of the title refers not so much to the tribe as a whole, but to Cape Town homicide captain Ali Neuman. Heading up the investigation into the death of
Aug 06, 2013 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Zulu" which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a compellingly, dark thriller that begins with the gruesome death of a KwaZulu father and son by Inkatha, a militant political faction at war with Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. In the aftermath of South Africa's apartheid , the youngest son, scarred by the brutality of heartless killers studies to be a lawyer and becomes the well-respected chief of the homicide branch of the Cape Town police. A man dedicated to upholding justice in a c ...more
Ηχηρό βιβλίο αλλά απογοητευτική η κινηματογραφική του απόδοση. Μόνο ο Ορλάντο Μπλουμ ξεχώριζε στο ρόλο του Μπράιαν. Διαβάστε το βιβλίο αλλά μη δείτε την ταινία!

Νότια Αφρική: Η κατάσταση ζοφερή. Αέναες διαμάχες μεταξύ λευκών και μαύρων ή και μεταξύ μαύρων φυλών. Διαφθορά, δολοφονίες, βιασμοί, ναρκωτικά, συμμορίες, φτώχεια. Απ' ότι φαίνεται και μετά την πτώση του απαρτχάιντ η κατάσταση είναι το ίδιο χαοτική.

Ο ζουλού Άλι Νιούμαν είναι αντάξιος αρχηγός του Εγκληματολογικού στο Κέιπ Τάουν. Βασανισμέ
Joyce Lagow
Another outstanding police procedural out of South Africa. The title may be misleading, because this is not, as might be expected, a novel about the Zulu tribe itself, but features a captain of Homicide in Cape Town, Ali Neuman, who is Zulu. Neuman heads up the investigation of the brutal murder of Nicole Weiss, whose body is found with her skull crushed, in a botanical garden. Her father is Afrikaaner, prominent in Cape Town sports and a member of the Afrikaaner elite. Under heavy pressure, Neu ...more
Ubik 2.0
Nei primi capitoli si ha l’impressione di leggere il solito thriller americano metropolitano, con l’unica variante dell’ambientazione a Cape Town (Città del Capo) invece di Los Angeles o New York.
Poi si comprende che tale ambientazione non è soltanto una location esotica, ma porta con sé un contesto culturale, etnico e storico particolarmente complesso che dapprima fa da sfondo al racconto poi, poco alla volta, diviene esso stesso protagonista.
Sembra di percepire una certa affinità con la Louisi
Mick Gillies
Wow where to begin – certainly not to go out and buy a ticket to South Africa that’s for certain! Zulu is a hell of an experience that really brings modern Cape Town to the fore. A very violent and descriptive murder/homicide story that’s not for the faint hearted. Brutally violent with many racist undertones. The main character is a “Zulu Prince” named Ali Neuman who is a captain with the Cape Town Homicide Division. Seemingly a serial murderer is on the loose and this ties in with the emergenc ...more
Έσπασα τα κοντέρ διαβάζοντάς το σε μια μέρα σχεδόν, τόσο εθιστικό, ενδιαφέρον και καλογραμμένο μου φάνηκε. Αγορασμένο τον Απρίλιο του 2012 από το Μοναστηράκι σε χαμηλή τιμή, τόσο καιρό έπιανε σκόνη στην βιβλιοθήκη μου, αλλά μιας και η Nova τον Δεκέμβριο θα προβάλλει την ταινία που βασίζεται στο βιβλίο, είπα να το πιάσω άμεσα.

Πως έχουν τα πράγματα: Ο Ζουλού αστυνομικός Άλι Νιούμαν, επικεφαλής της εγκληματολογικής υπηρεσίας του Κέιπ Τάουν, όπου μικρός είδε τον πατέρα του να ξυλοκοπείται μέχρι θανά
Ferey, Caryl. ZULU. (2008; Eng. trans. 2010). *****. This noir novel was the winner of the 2008 French Grand Prix for Best Crime Novel. They don’t come any darker. If you were planning a trip to South Africa for anytime in the near future, you may want to cancel it after reading this book. It is set in (mostly) South Africa with a foray into Namibia. It is the story of Ali Neuman who became a cop to partly avenge the death of his father and his brother at the hands of the Inkatha, a militant pol ...more
Tony Laplume
It's on par with some of the best books I've ever read.

Very similar in some ways to the John le Carre book The Constant Gardener (or at least the Ralph Fiennes/Rachel Weisz film), and also comparable to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo phenomenon, this is world crime literature at its finest (aside from the masterpiece that is 2666).

And it's also so much more about South Africa than you've probably ever heard. After the fall of Apartheid and the rise of Nelson Mandela, the media tended to paint
Quando il protagonista si chiama Ali perché suo padre ha visto l'incontro dell'ottobre 1974 a Kinshasa tra George Foreman e lo sfidante Muhammad Ali e ha voluto battezzare suo figlio come il grande Cassius Clay convertito, beh, quando è così, il libro comincia con la marcia giusta.

E così va avanti per un pezzo, con la marcia giusta, fino a oltre la metà.
Poi, crolla, diventa un rosario di violenza, torture, mutilazioni, dove i buoni sono ottimi e i cattivi pessimi - diventa
If hard-boiled crime stories had a bigger, uglier, scarier brother, it would be this novel. When it walks into a bar, the place falls so quiet you can hear the piano-man swallow. And no one knows how it got that hideous scar, but everyone's pretty sure the losing party (or parties) in that fight went home in a bag. It's not afraid of blood or horror or death and could eat black pudding in spaghetti sauce over a post-mortem without batting an eye. Readers with weak constitutions would be advised ...more
I have been meaning to read Zulu by Caryl Férey for a while. I got to another one of his novels, Utu, first and knew that Férey's style is intensely violent. The violence is gratuitous because it could be an equally effective story without the violent descriptions, but at the same time supports the overall feel of social breakdown and amorality that Férey's main characters must confront through the course of their investigation. So, it works but it also takes some getting used to.

Originally writ
Punishing and relentless. Last summer, I watched the World Cup like it was my job, and I was all, "South Africa seems to be doing well! Like - - it's nice there!" Then I read this. Beyond the vineyards of Cape Town and the beaches of Durban, the black Townships are a series of Heironymous Bosch landscapes teeming with drugs and bebasement, where poverty, AIDS, and inter-ethnic strife have misshapen the citizens into demons out of hell, devoid of conscience or reason. ZULU pulls the verdant canop ...more
the gift
okay, is it really a four? this won some crime award in france, is possibly how horrifying is contemporary south africa, or just our crime-centred way of thinking of it. well technically i was going for a three, but then realized i read it compulsively, fevered, in two sittings... and i think of how this is a violent, long, stereotypic sort of noir- in male and female characters, in sex, violence, murder, in thoughts, in political corruption, despite exotic locale- that would not reward rereadin ...more
Novel received courtesy of giveaway.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book especially when it came with a sticker on it saying it would soon be a "major motion picture". However, as I got into it I discovered that I couldn't put it down.

"Zulu" is an award winning novel set in South Africa. The descriptions of life in South Africa are riveting. As Americans, I think we tend to think of all of Africa as savannah or desert filled with exotic animals. This novel dispels
Pas simple d'expliquer l'effet de Zulu sur moi en quelques mots...
À chaud, je crois que c'est le meilleur polar que j'ai jamais lu. Il va me pousser à faire des infidélités à James Lee Burke et Dana Stabenow dont les romans policiers à composante essentiellement culturelle me font sans cesse tomber amoureuse.
Je connaissais déjà les grandes lignes de l'histoire complexe, violente et multiculturelle de l'Afrique du Sud, de sa difficulté à équilibrer son économie capitaliste et sa culture tribale.
A dramatic mystery set in South Africa ---- stellar.

The novel is filled with acts of violence that are not theatrical or shocking for the sake of shock value; framed in a larger socio-political context each act (along with each character) are the end results of history and conflict.

This is a darker side of South Africa -- even World Cup or Mandela are not given a free pass to hide from Fereys critical eye; many authors could have taken a plot twist with a soupy love stories and friendships Fere
Zulu blew me away.

My book club read this for July, and I am looking forward to seeing what they say tonight about it, as the violence and bleak perspective it offers on crime in South Africa is not an easy pill to swallow.

As Zulu is a crime novel, (award-winning and well deserved I must say), I will not delve too far into the plot. Rare is the book however, that keeps me up because I just have to see what happens next or make exclamations as I read. Zulu delivers on every level. Characters you c
Meregoddess Vitti Avila
May 22, 2010 Meregoddess Vitti Avila rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: persistent person
Intriguing, exciting and with a sexy tall, dark, and handsome hunk with a tragic and secretive past.The setting is exotic as it describes the area surrounding Cape Town in Africa. This book is translated from French so it makes one feel very smart and nouveau while reading it. Good to read at the park while ensuring that your kids will take a good nap later, make sure to hold it up so the other moms can see the title and the fact that your a reading a book that has been translated!.....

**** Fini
Lu dans le cadre de mon cercle de lecture. L'histoire est relativement haletante, l'écriture est brute, sans fard . Dommage que l'auteur en profite pour transformer son roman en "histoire de l'Afrique du sud pour les nuls", ce qui casse le rythme. Quelques envolées faussement lyriques qui gâchent la lecture...
Ce que je connais de l'Afrique se résume aux émissions pub-télé de Vision-Mondiale. C'est sur que, comme tout le monde, j'ai entendu parler de l'apartheid mais sans jamais vraiment savoir de quoi il en retournait. La lecture de ce roman de Caryl Férey m'a ouvert les yeux sur ce pays de misère, de maladie et de violence. Jamais lu un roman policier si bien écrit. Mais, je vais vous avouer bien franchement, je suis totalement incapable de parler de cette histoire tellement elle m'a retournée. C'es ...more
A terrible realistic story in the post apartheid society of South Africa, that talks about pain criminality and desperation.
A book without taboo that tells it just how it is.
Efficace! Dés le départ, le ton est donné. Zulu sera un voyage dans un monde ultra-violent ! Plus l'histoire avance et plus le lecteur est accroché pour être laissé à la fin totalement éreintée !
Good lord, but this book twisted me up. Difficult read, but very good.
Un thriller violent et complexe à suivre avec sa multitude de personnages parfois caricaturaux. Seul le dénouement inattendu sauve l'intrigue qui finalement a du mal à nous intéresser.
Yeap, it's a French book.
Fantastic thriller. Extremelly violent, but it's also part of the pleasure to read a thriller.
Barış Erdem
Kitap ilk sayfalarından itibaren güçlü anlatımı,karakterleri ve kurgusuyla insanı etkisi altına alıyor. Vahşet dozu yüksek bir polisiye olmakla birlikte, enteresan bir şekilde hem insanın yüreğini burkan onca dram hem de güldüren diyaloglar içeriyor ve bittikten sonra Güney Afrikaya gitmiş kadar oluyorsunuz. Olayların failinin biraz erken ortaya çıkıyor olması dışında kitabı çok beğendim klasik polisiyelerden sıkılanlara tavsiye ederim.
Très très bien ! Pas facile à dire mais cela permet de bien comprendre aussi les guerres de gangs en Afrique du Sud, le rôle limité de la police, le pouvoir du gouvernement, des riches, des puissants.. La fin de l apartheid et comment certaines personnes ont continué de leur côté.
I read this book because I love South Africa and I am interested in its modern day struggle.
The book tackles SA topics reasonably well, as far as I can tell.
However, the (main) story is 2nd grade. What annoys me the most is way too many potential side stories, that are not explored further (mostly related to carnal desires of individual characters). As such the do not provide any value and just waste space/time.
Laurent Thevenod
Un livre très noir et sans aucune concession ! Servi par un style très soigné, le roman nous plonge dans l'Afrique du Sud post-Apartheid. L'enquête policière assez banale n'est au final qu'un prétexte pour décrire les sombres recoins d'un pays qui se cherche : drogue, prostitution, gangs, guerres ethniques et police gangrenée... Un très bon roman qui nous montre l'Afrique du Sud sous un angle nouveau.
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