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Islands

(2004)
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Islands covers the first half-century or so of Dutch settlement at the Cape, opening with a view from the inside of a Khoi nation, the Goringhaicona, under the leadership of Autshumao, dubbed "chief Harry" by early English visitors. For the indigenous peoples it is the beginning of the end of a way of life in close interaction with the subcontinent, its seasons and rhythms, its harshness and abundance. It was during Autshumao's time that the first key woman of South Africa's post-colonisation story makes her appearance: she is Autshumao's niece, Krotoa, brought into Commander Van Riebeeck's household as Eva, go-between and interpreter between the Europeans and the Khoi. When she is drawn into the first 'mixed' marriage of the new colony, one of her children is Pieternella, who becomes the pivot of all the action in this unforgettable epic. Each of the sections of the novel is focused on a man involved in one way or another with Pieternella Through the life stories of these key figures - all of them men, but all defined in one way or another by the central female character - the reader is offered an understanding of the vast historical forces at work in the shaping of the world in

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Title: Islands
Author(s): Dan Sleigh
ISBN: 0-15-101115-X / 978-0-15-101115-5 (USA edition)
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March 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Islands
Author(s): Dan Sleigh
ISBN: 0-436-20620-X / 978-0-436-20620-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Islands
Author(s): Dan Sleigh
ISBN: 0-09-946468-3 / 978-0-09-946468-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Islands
Author(s): Dan Sleigh
ISBN: 0-436-20519-X / 978-0-436-20519-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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Title: Islands
Author(s): Dan Sleigh
ISBN: 0-436-20632-3 / 978-0-436-20632-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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