The South African Novel in English

  • Kenneth Parker


The quotation is from Harry Bloom’s Episode in the Transvaal. It occurs almost as an aside to the musings of Lieutenant Swanepoel who is reflecting on the threat to his career in the police force, in international sport as a rugby player, and as a prospective husband, because of rumours that his sister is not white. But these reflections are shortlived: self pity has to be postponed in the interests of an overriding need to act, since a ‘riot’ supervenes in the ‘location’ (that area on the outskirts of every South African town to which blacks are legally and compulsorily segregated). Swanepoel is responsible for the ‘restoration of law and order’.


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    For useful bibliographical material, see Donald J. Weinstock, ‘The Two Boer Wars and the Jameson Raid’, in Research in African Literatures, vol. 2, no. 1 (Spring 1971) pp. 39–43 for novels in Dutch and Afrikaans, and, again, vol. 3, no. 1 (Spring 1972) pp. 60–7, for novels in English.Google Scholar
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