The Other Side of SilenceBook - 2002
A compelling new novel from one of South Africa's finest writers. As a small child in a wintry Bremen, Hanna dreams about the other side of silence, the place where the wind comes from and palm trees wave in the sun. She sees her chance to escape from years of abuse in the orphanage by joining one of the shiploads of young women transported in the early years of the 20th century to the colony of German Southwest Africa to assuage the needs of the male settlers. When the drunken excesses of a visiting army detachment threaten the young girl Katja who has become her only companion, Hanna revolts. Mounting a ragtag army of female and native victims of colonial brutality, she sets out on an epic march through the desert. This apocalyptic journey will reveal to her the hidden meanings of suffering, revenge, love and compassion.
Publisher: London, Eng. : Secker & Warburg, 2002.
Characteristics: 311 pages ;,25 cm.