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Hands Full of Rose Thorns and Fridge Oil

Elizabeth Lowry: ‘Triomf’, 20 January 2000

Triomf 
by Marlene van Niekerk, translated by Leon deKock.
Little, Brown, 444 pp., £16.99, November 1999, 0 316 85202 3
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... In spite of their ostensible solidarity, their real history, as the South African journalist Marq de Villiers points out in his superb family memoir, White Tribe Dreaming (1988), has been one of schism. In the Cape there was a natural antipathy even among the first Dutch settlers between the free burghers and the servants of the East India Company. As the ...

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