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Cry, the beloved country / Alan Paton.

Paton, Alan, (author.).



This book is the most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948. Alan Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. The eminent literary critic Lewis Gannett wrote, " We have had many novels from statesmen and reformers, almost all bad; many novels from poets, almost all thin. In Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country the statesman, the poet and the novelist meet in a unique harmony." Cry, the Beloved Country is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, Cry, the Beloved Country is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man. - Jacket flap.
Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo travels to Johannesburg on an errand for a friend and to visit his son, Absalom, only to learn Absalom has been accused of murdering white city engineer and social activist Arthur Jarvis and stands very little chance of receiving mercy.

Item details

  • ISBN: 074326195X
  • ISBN: 9780743261951
  • Physical Description: 316 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: First Scribner classics edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner Classics, 2003.

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General Note:
Originally published: New York : C. Scribner's and Sons, 1948.
Subject: Race relations > Fiction.
South Africa > Fiction.
Apartheid > Fiction.
Race relations.
South Africa.
Trials (Homicide) > South Africa > Fiction.
Racism > South Africa > Fiction.
South Africa > Race relations > Fiction.
South Africa > Fiction.
Genre: Political fiction.
Political fiction.
Political fiction.

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