My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience

A classic of literary nonfiction, My Traitor's Heart has been acclaimed as a masterpiece by readers around the world. Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a centuries-old clan and relative of the architect of apartheid, who fled South Africa after coming face-to-face with the atrocities and terrors of an undeclared civil war between the races. This book is the searing account of his return after eight years of uneasy exile. Armed with new insight and clarity, Malan explores apartheid's legacy of hatred and suffering, bearing witness to the extensive physical and emotional damage it has caused to generations of South Africans on both sides of the color line. Plumbing the darkest recesses of the white and black South African psyches, Malan ultimately finds his way toward the light of redemption and healing. My Traitor's Heart is an astonishing book -- beautiful, horrifying, profound, and impossible to put down.

Title:My Traitor's Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His Tribe, and His Conscience
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802136848
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  • Petra X's driving in a Mustang GT to Key West

    At its heart this book has the problem, what to do when you utterly despise your racist father who advocates violence as a solution when you love him terribly, terribly much?It isn't a solveable dilem...

  • Helen (Helena/Nell)

    I think this is an essential book. Essential, I mean, for any human being who tries to understand the human condition—what we are, what we may be. Not that this is ever comprehensible but . . .I don...

  • Murtaza

    Although its probably unfashionable to state, I'm starting to feel that race, broadly speaking, is a bit of an over-visited topic these days. As such, it takes something truly incredible about that su...

  • Richard

    In the final pages of this book, author Rian Malan "confesses" that the book didn't turn out to be what he originally intended, and I can see where he's coming from. It appears at the beginning to be ...

  • Josh Friedlander

    Growing up as a white South African, my upbringing was quite similar to Rian Malan's. There was one crucial distinction: I lived in the "free", post-apartheid South Africa, where the miracle of democr...

  • Joe

    Wow. I can honestly say I've never read a book like this one.The book begins, apparently, with the intent of the author (a white South African writing in the late 80's) to trace his family through Sou...

  • Margitte

    A shocking synopsis of a turbulent time in South African history,very well written and an honest account of the white psyche, both liberal and conservative, when the last bastion of colonialism crashe...

  • David Wurzburg

    I LOVE THIS BOOK; a narrative non-fiction about the racial/social/political contradictions of "post" Apartheid South Africa. written by a very uniquely historically-placed Afrikaner who is always at s...

  • Maddie

    This is a painful book to read, as it is, in the author's words "stories of the way we killed each other" in South Africa. Rian Malan is a descendent of some of the earliest Boer settlers in South Afr...

  • Sergio GRANDE

    I don't know if it's just me, because I find white guilt so pathetic and meaningless, or if the author is just pathetic himself. His premise appears that it is impossible to be simultaneously white, n...