By (author) Andre Brink
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Praying Mantis by Andre Brink
Book DescriptionIn his early years, growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape, Cupido Cockroach became the greatest drinker, liar, fornicator and fighter of his region. Coming under the spell of a woman, the soap-boiler Anna, and the great Dr Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp of the London Missionary Society, Cupido is then made the first Khoi or 'Hottentot' missionary ordained at the Cape of Good Hope. Received into the fold of the Church, Cupido passionately turns against all his early beliefs and is appointed as missionary in a remote and arid region in the North-western Cape. But this also marks the beginning of his decline, as the Society abandons him to his fate. One by one, the members of his congregation disappear into the desert, so that in the end, abandoned even by his wife and children, he is left to preach to the stones and thorn trees and tortoises, returning to the dream-world of his people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099488941
(197mm x 129mm x 18mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Andre Brink
Philida, Paperback (February 2013)
The year is 1832 and Cape is rife with rumours about liberation of slaves. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. Francois has reneged on his promise to set her free and his father has ordered him to marry a white woman from a prominent family, selling Philida on to owners in harsh country in the north.
Fork in the Road, Paperback (April 2010)
Tells the story of a life lived in tumultuous times. In this title, the author describes with searing honesty his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence and storytelling was a means of reconciling the stark contrasts of his world.
Before I Forget, Paperback (September 2005)
It is on New Year's Eve, courtesy of his stalled car, that he meets Rachel, a young sculptress who becomes the great love of his life, a love greater for being unfulfilled. This book presents the history of a life set against the history of a nation, and the history of a transforming love.
Other Side of Silence, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Andre Brink
As a small child in wintry Bremen, Hanna dreams about escaping from years of abuse in the orphanage and in service. She joins a shipload of young women transported in the early years of the 20th century to the colony of South-West Africa to assuage the needs of the male settlers.
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Author Biography - Andre Brink
Andre Brink (1935 - 2015) was one of South Africa's most prominent writers and is the author of several novels, including A Dry White Season, Imaginings of Sand, The Rights of Desire, The Other Side of Silence and Philida. He has won South Africa's most important literay prize, the CNA Award, three times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His last novel, Philida, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2012.
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