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A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
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Jul 29, 2011

A haunting detective novel about race relations in South Africa in the fifties, and how people of different races struggled to stay human under an inhuman regime. The central character is troubled by his childhood in South Africa, his World War II service, and the attempts to cover up the truth about the murder of an Afrikaner police captain. In the discovery of the captain's killer, he not only discovers the truth behind the captain's perfect façade, but also some of the disturbing facts about his own background.. Nunn's mixed race parents w left South Africa in part because of the Immorality Act of 1952, so she has deep insight into the period and the issues involved. Appealing both for its escapism and its lyrical, visually evocative style.

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