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The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer: “A Powerful Novel of Memory, Family Politics and Awakening” – Ben Okri

The Shouting in the DarkJacana is proud to announce the new novel by Elleke Boehmer, The Shouting in the Dark, out in September:

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“The Shouting in the Dark is a powerful novel of memory, family politics and awakening”Ben Okri

“Unforgettable prose about an extraordinary time and place … the delicate intersection between the personal and the political has seldom been so skilfully explored; readable, tangible and haunting.”Naomi Wolf

Late at night Ella watches her elderly father on the veranda, raging at the African sky. Caught between her mother’s mysterious grief and her father’s shattering wartime experiences, between the Holland of their past and apartheid South Africa, Ella fights hard to make it through her childhood in one piece. Her one enchantment is her forbidden love for the teenage gardener, Phineas. Years later, as an activist seeking political refuge in the Netherlands, Ella discovers her father never registered her birth. Now she must confront her father’s ghosts, and create a new future for herself.

About the author

Elleke Boehmer is the author of Screens against the Sky (shortlisted David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and also the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010). Her edition of Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys was a 2004 summer bestseller. Her acclaimed biography of Nelson Mandela (2008) has been translated into Arabic, Malaysian, Thai, Kurdish, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. She has published several other books including Stories of Women (2005), the anthology Empire Writing (1998), and Indian Arrivals: Networks of British Empire (2015). She was a judge of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize and lives in London.

Boehmer will be at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town in September.

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