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Description - A Mouthful of Glass by Henk van Woerden

A short, tough story of an assassin - the man who killed Hendrick Verwoed, the racist prime minister of South Africa, in 1966. Born in Mozambique of a Greek father and African mother, Demitrios Tsafendas was a man lost between the races, maddened by not knowing who or what he was. He thought he was white until his father abandoned him. He then discovered he was "coloured". He spent 25 years wandering the world looking for a home, growing stranger and more desperate. In 1965 he arrived in South Africa and got a job as a messenger in the Parliament building - a job reserved for whites.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781862074422
ISBN-10: 1862074429
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Henk van Woerden

Henk van Woerden lives in Amsterdam. He is a highly regarded novelist in the Netherlands. He spent his childhood in South Africa. Dan Jacobson, who grew up in Kimberly, South Africa, is the author of many distinguished works of fiction, including The Rape of Tamar and The God-Fearer. His most recent book, Heshel's Kingdom, was published in 1998.