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10 books about South Africa
Pick up one of these featured titles on South Africa in May 2021.
The Last Empire: De Beers, Diamonds, and the World by Stefan Kanfer
Category: Company Profiles
This book was published 26 years ago by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and takes approximately 13.9 hours to read.
"Timely corporate history--as exciting and poignant as any good tale of derring-do against great odds by all-too-flawed giants. " - Kirkus Reviews With a scholar's precision and a novelist's eye, Stefan Kanfer tells the inside story of De Beers Consolidated Mines - from the nineteenth century diamond rush that transformed Johannes De Beer's humble South African farm into an exotic klondike, to the Oppenheimers' shadow empire that has achieved umatched global reach.
The Covenant: A Novel by James A. Michener
This book was published 6 years ago by Dial Press Trade Paperback and takes approximately 40.0 hours to read.
A fast-paced saga weaves fact and fiction on a journey through hundreds of years of South African history, focusing on Willem van Doorn and ten generations of his descendants as they endure the region's endless racial conflicts. Book available.
The Woman Next Door: A Novel by Yewande Omotoso
Category: Cultural Heritage
This book was published 4 years ago by Picador and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
LOVING THY NEIGHBOR IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE. Hortensia James and Marion Agostino are neighbors. One is black, the other white. Both are successful women with impressive careers. Both have recently been widowed, and are living with questions, disappointments, and secrets that have brought them shame. And each has something that the woman next door deeply desires. Sworn enemies, the two share a hedge and a deliberate hostility, which they maintain with a zeal that belies their age. But, one day, an unexpected event forces Hortensia and Marion together. As the physical barriers between them collapse, their bickering gradually softens into conversation, which yields a discovery of shared experiences. But are these sparks of connection enough to ignite a friendship, or is it too late to expect these women to change? The U.S. debut of an Etisalat Prize finalist, The Woman Next Door is a winning story of the common ground we sometimes find in unexpected places, told with wit and wry humor.
Fodor's Essential South Africa: with The Best Safari Destinations (Travel Guide) by Fodor's Travel Guides
Category: Cape Town
This book was published 3 years ago by Fodor's Travel and takes approximately 17.9 hours to read.
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An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me about Love, Courage and Survival by Françoise Malby-Anthony
This book was published 2 years ago by Pan and takes approximately 11.2 hours to read.
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The Promise by Damon Galgut
Category: Family Saga
This book was published this year by Europa Editions and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
A modern saga that could only have come from South Africa, written in gorgeous prose by the Booker Prize-shortlisted author Damon Galgut. Haunted by an unmet promise, the Swart family loses touch after the death of their matriarch. Adrift, the lives of the three siblings move separately through the uncharted waters of South Africa; Anton, the golden boy who bitterly resents his life's unfulfilled promises; Astrid, whose beauty is her power; and the youngest, Amor, whose life is shaped by a nebulous feeling of guilt. Reunited by four funerals over three decades, the dwindling family reflects the atmosphere of its country -- an atmosphere of resentment, renewal, and--ultimately--hope. The Promise is an epic drama that unfurls against the unrelenting march of national history, sure to please current fans and attract many new ones. "Galgut will be seen as one of the great literary triumphs of South Africa's transition [ . . . ] in every way the equal of J. M. Coetzee."--Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart
Cry of the Kalahari by Mark Owens
This book was published 7 years ago by Mariner Books and takes approximately 14.1 hours to read.
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