A Chain of Voices

A Chain of Voices

by André Brink

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Overview

On a farm near the Cape Colony in the early nineteenth century, a slave rebellion kills three and leaves eleven others condemned to death. The rebellion's leader, Galant, was raised alongside the boys who would become his masters. His first victim, Nicholas van der Merwe, might have been his brother.

As the many layers of Andre Brink's novel unfold, it becomes clear that the violent uprising is as much a culmination of family tensions as it is an outcry against the oppression of slavery.

Spanning three generations and narrated in the voices of both the living and the dead, A Chain of Voices is reminiscent of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!; it is a beautiful and haunting illustration of racism's plague on South Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402231728
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

André Brink is one of South Africa's most eminent novelists. He is the author of seventeen works of fiction, has been twice shortlisted for the Booker prize and is an outspoken recorder of South Africa's turbulent history from the days of apartheid to the present.


Thrice nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, ANDRÉ BRINK is one of South Africa's eminent novelists. He is the author of over 20 works of fiction, many of them written during the years when apartheid dominated the culture of his country. His first openly political novel, Kennis van die Aand became a cause célèbre. It was banned a year after its publication under new censorship laws applied for the first time to an Afrikaans writer. Brink later translated the work into English as Looking on Darkness. A prolific literary critic and dramatist, Brink has worked for over 40 years as an academic and as a translator of works as varied as Mary Poppins and Shakespeare's plays into Afrikaans. André Brink is an outspoken recorder of South Africa's turbulent history from the days of apartheid to the present.

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Chain of Voices 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
estellen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, told from many perspectives. Based on a true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this novel for an African History class and was dreading it due to the large size (500 pgs.). Once you begin, however, there is no way to put this book down; the insight into the various lives of those living in South Africa is so interesting and Andre Brink does a great job making these characters relatable and showing the corresponding views of each occurrance. Loved It!!!