The Other Side of Silence

The Other Side of Silence

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With years of abuse behind her and a bleak future ahead, a young German woman dreams of her country's colony in South-West Africa. When she learns of the women being transported to the colony to attend to the needs of male settlers, Hanna X takes the leap.
In Africa she is confronted with the harsh realities of colonial life. For resisting the advances of a German officer, she is banished to Frauenstein, a phantasmagoric outpost that is at once a "prison, nunnery, brothel, and shithouse." When the drunken excesses of visiting soldiers threaten the young girl who has become her only companion, Hanna revolts.
Mounting a ragtag army of women and native victims of brutality, she sets out on an epic journey to take on the German Reich. Combining the history of colonialism with the myths of Africa, this is an exquisitely written tale of suffering, violence, revenge, and, simply, love.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 311 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0156029642
  • 9780156029643
  • 1,554,556

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With years of abuse behind her and a bleak future ahead, a young German woman dreams of her country's colony in South-West Africa. When she learns of the women being transported to the colony to attend to the needs of male settlers, Hanna X takes the leap.
In Africa she is confronted with the harsh realities of colonial life. For resisting the advances of a German officer, She is banished to Frauenstein, a phantasmagoric outpost that is at once a "prison, nunnery, brothel, and shithouse." When the drunken excesses of visiting soldiers threaten the young girl who has become her only companion, Hanna revolts.
Mounting a ragtag army of women and native victims of colonial brutality, she sets out on an epic journey to take on the German Reich. Combining the history of colonialism with the myths of Africa, this is a tale, exquisitely written, of suffering, violence, revenge, and love.
A major work by one of the world's most prominent novelists.
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PRAISE FOR ANDRE BRINK
"Peter Carey, Garcia Marquez, Solzhenitsyn: Andre Brink must be considered with that class of writer." - The Guardian (London)
PRAISE FOR THE RIGHTS OF DESIRE
"Whoever reads this lyrical, deeply moral novel cannot expect to remain unmoved." - Boston Review
PRAISE FOR DEVIL'S VALLEY
"Wildly imaginative fiction." - The Boston Globe
"Colorful, idiosyncratic characters, larger than life, populate the pages and stay with one long after the book is closed." - The Seattle Times
PRAISE FOR A DRY WHITE SEASON
"A powerful and provocative work, highly charged and political . . . A literary achievement of the first rank." - Houston Chronicle
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PRAISE FORTHE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE
"Over the course of this novel, Hanna X goes from being just a cipher in history to a stirring presence on the page. So stirring, that if you pick up this book, you'll probably have to set it down now and then, as I did--just to catch your breath."-- ALAN CHEUSE on NPR'S ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

"Brink blends history with invention and African myth. . . .This bloodyfable, rooted in bloody reality, is one of Brink's most powerful works."--LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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4 39% (143)
3 25% (91)
2 5% (20)
1 4% (15)
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