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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113637
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144
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The First Life of Adamastor




'Terrifically well-written... André Brink is confidently at home with his myth. The details are fresh, convincing and bawdy' - Observer

THE FIRST LIFE OF ADAMASTOR has it origins in an act of rescue: what, wondered Andre Brink, lay behind fragments of myth that have been handed down about the mountains of the Cape? Adamastor, the Titan whose body, legend has it, formed the rocks of the Peninsula, first appears in European literature in the sixteenth century - much about the time of the first known contact between seagoing European explorers and the natives of Southern Africa. How Brink asks, would that meeting have looked from the landward side? What role would the visitors take in the mythology of an utterly different culture, with its own deities, its own accumulated story? The result is an extraordinary creation, moving, richly inventive, unashamedly ribald and potentially explosive. Hunting for the source of the fissure that, from that first encounter, runs through the country to this day. Andre Brink hs unearthed from the sun-carved land itself the missing meanings of a myth that has waited five centuries to be invented.

  • Pub date: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448113637
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 144

About the Author

André Brink

Andre Brink (1935 - 2015) was one of South Africa's most prominent writers and is the author of several novels, including A Dry White Season, Imaginings of Sand, The Rights of Desire, The Other Side of Silence and Philida. He has won South Africa's most important literay prize, the CNA Award, three times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His last novel, Philida, was longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2012.

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