The Big 5 Books ... Novels set in South Africa

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Cry, the Beloved Country

Cry, the Beloved Country

by Alan Paton
"The greatest novel to emerge out of the tragedy of South Africa, and one of the best novels of our time."--The New Republic
Disgrace

Disgrace

by J. M. Coetzee
"A subtly brilliant commentary on the nature and balance of power in his homeland.... Disgrace is a mini-opera without music by a writer at the top of his form."--Time
When the Lion Feeds

When the Lion Feeds

by Wilbur Smith
"Pride of place goes to When the Lion Feeds because it is bigger, wider and more full of plot than all the others put together. . ."The Daily Telegraph
A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

by Andre Brink
As startling and powerful as when first published more than two decades ago, André Brink's classic novel, A Dry White Season, is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality.
July's People

July's People

by Nadine Gordimer
"Nadine Gordimer writes more knowingly about South Africa than anyone else."--The New York Times