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Blood Orange

By Troy Blacklaws

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Format: Paperback, 226 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 April 2013
Troy Blacklaws's follow-up to his internationally acclaimed Karoo Boy is the bittersweet tale of a South African boy coming of age during apartheid Gecko's childhood is one of sheltered, almost magical innocence on a farm in Natal. He spends his days taking barefoot expeditions with his dogs and his nights listening to Springbok Radio, unaware of the cruel force in his life that apartheid will soon become. With the start of high school in the Cape, Gecko is thrust into a political and personal awakening that is both tragic and heartfelt. With conscription into the South African army looming over him, Gecko's future is as uncertain as his country's. Blood Orange evokes the absurdity, longing, and fear of growing up white in the last decades of apartheid. "Tantalizingly beautiful." -Desmond Tutu "Blood Orange is an important, vital voice to add to the tapestry of literature coming out of Southern Africa. Such vibrancy is rare in any literature. Coming out of such a legacy of violence and pain, it is nothing less than a miracle." -Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight "Troy Blacklaws beautifully lays bare how it took raw guts for a young white boy to resist apartheid." -Antjie Krog, author of Country of My Skull Troy Blacklaws is a South African writer whose work uses the lens of his own boyhood to illuminate the reality of living under apartheid. After moving from Natal, South Africa, to the Cape with his family at the age of nine, Blacklaws learned the truth behind the divisions in his country, first as a student at Paarl Boys' High and then as a draftee for the army, where he spent two bitter years as an objector. Shortlisted for the Prix Femina for Karoo Boy, Blacklaws is a graduate of Rhodes University and has taught at international schools in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Singapore. He now lives and teaches in Luxembourg.

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Troy Blacklaws is a South African writer whose work uses the lens of his own boyhood to illuminate the reality of living under apartheid. After moving from Natal, South Africa, to the Cape with his family at the age of nine, Blacklaws learned the truth behind the divisions in his country, first as a student at Paarl Boys' High and then as a draftee for the army, where he spent two bitter years as an objector. Shortlisted for the Prix Femina for Karoo Boy, Blacklaws is a graduate of Rhodes University and has taught at international schools in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Singapore. He now lives and teaches in Luxembourg.

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"Tantalizingly beautiful." --Desmond Tutu "Blood Orange is an important, vital voice to add to the tapestry of literature coming out of Southern Africa. Such vibrancy is rare in any literature. Coming out of such a legacy of violence and pain, it is nothing less than a miracle." --Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight "Troy Blacklaws beautifully lays bare how it took raw guts for a young white boy to resist apartheid." --Antjie Krog, author of Country of My Skull Tantalizingly beautiful. Desmond Tutu"" "Blood Orange" is an important, vital voice to add to the tapestry of literature coming out of Southern Africa. Such vibrancy is rare in any literature. Coming out of such a legacy of violence and pain, it is nothing less than a miracle. Alexandra Fuller, author of "Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight""" Troy Blacklaws beautifully lays bare how it took raw guts for a young white boy to resist apartheid. Antjie Krog, author of "Country of My Skull"" "Tantalizingly beautiful." --Desmond Tutu"Blood Orange is an important, vital voice to add to the tapestry of literature coming out of Southern Africa. Such vibrancy is rare in any literature. Coming out of such a legacy of violence and pain, it is nothing less than a miracle." --Alexandra Fuller, author of "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight""Troy Blacklaws beautifully lays bare how it took raw guts for a young white boy to resist apartheid." --Antjie Krog, author of "Country of My Skull"

EAN: 9781480417809
ISBN: 1480417807
Publisher: Open Road Publishing
Dimensions: 21.59 x 13.97 x 1.32 centimeters (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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