My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

Paperback | April 11, 2000

byRian Malan

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A classic of literary nonfiction, My Traitor's Heart has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by readers around the world. Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a centuries-old clan and relative of the architect of apartheid, who fled South Africa after coming face-to-face with the atrocities and terrors of an undeclared civil war between the races. This book is the searing account of his return after eight years of uneasy exile. Armed with new insight and clarity, Malan explores apartheid'slegacy of hatred and suffering, bearing witness to the extensive physical and emotional damage it has caused to generations of South Africans on both sides of the color line. Plumbing the darkest recesses of the white and black South African psyches, Malan ultimately finds his way toward the light of redemption and healing. My Traitor's Heart is an astonishing book - beautiful, horrifying, profound, and impossible to put down.

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A classic of literary nonfiction, My Traitor's Heart has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by readers around the world. Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a centuries-old clan and relative of the architect of apartheid, who fled South Africa after coming face-to-face with the atrocities and terrors of an undeclared civil war between th...

Rian Malan is a journalist, screenwriter and award-winning writer who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the age of eighteen he became a crime reporter and was later exiled from his country for drug use. Malan wrote Traitor with a Wandering Heart, which describes the racism, politics and violence of his country. He has also app...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:April 11, 2000Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802136842

ISBN - 13:9780802136848

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Traitor's Heart Riam Malan's book was profound and geniune. It spoke directly to me...a North American. We have always presumed and professed to have answers to these human problems, but in fact we can not even comprehend the complexities of conflict and how it orders itself among racial and cultural lines. I walked away with the question: why do we fear and hate? And that question has opened my eyes to the ignorance of our simple western culture. If you want a book that will make you think, feel, wonder and want to tell everyone to read...this is the book.
Date published: 2005-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must buy Riam Malan's book was profound and geniune. It spoke directly to me...a North American. We have always presumed and professed to have answers to these human problems, but in fact we can not even comprehend the complexities of conflict and how it orders itself among racial and cultural lines. I walked away with the question: why do we fear and hate? And that question has opened my eyes to the ignorance of our simple western culture. If you want a book that will make you thnk, feel, wonder and want to tell everyone to read...this is the book.
Date published: 2005-02-25