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My traitor's heart : a South African exile returns to face his country, his tribe, and his conscience

Author: Rian Malan
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, scion of a clan that settled South Africa over three hundred years ago and blood relative of the architect of apartheid. Raised in the comfortable, westernized white suburbs, Malan pictured himself a Just White Man, but he was, in fact, far removed from the horrors of his country. He then became a crime reporter on a Johannesburg daily. His beat was the front line in an undeclared civil  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Genealogy
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Named Person: Rian Malan; Rian Malan; Malan family.; Rian Malan; Malan family.; Rian Malan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rian Malan
ISBN: 087113229X 9780871132291
OCLC Number: 20016093
Notes: "A Morgan Entrekin book."
Description: 349 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Rian Malan.

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Rian Malan's family settled in South Africa in 1689. In 1948 his great uncle Daniel Malan, the architect of apartheid, became the first Afrikaner nationalist prime minister. Rian left the country for  Read more...

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