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Title: Borderline
Description: (Cape Town: Kwela Books, 2004) 0795701896. . Author's signed presentation inscription on title page. 212 x 137 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 287; maps; monochrome illustrations in text. Very good condition. "Below its confluence with the Vaal, the Orange River cuts through arid South Africa, carving a dramatic landscape from desert and rock. Here the river spawns a thin green line through the Karoo, the Kalahari, Bushmanland, Namaqualand and the Richtersveld. William Dicey and two friends canoe fourteen hundred kilometres through this stark, chiselled landscape. They are drawn into the lives of its inhabitants - the eccentrics they meet on their travels, as well as the historical figures who once populated the river's banks. Their journey becomes a voyage into the past, into the wild frontier days of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dicey tells the stories of people struggling to maintain their identity - the San, the Nama, the Griqua, the Basters, and the coloured people into whom they have merged. These are frontier people, people at the borderline of African and European tradition. Never predictable, Dicey juxtaposes present and past in a quirky mix that upsets our expectations; he asks questions about land, power, identity and race - questions that have no easy answers. An engaging adventure tale, Borderline is also an erudite reweaving of history, and a memorable portrait of a harsh and beautiful region.".

Keywords: . Gariep. Gordonia. Khoisan Tribes. Regions. Canoeing

Price: GBP 7.50 = appr. US$ 10.71 Seller: Christison Rare Books
- Book number: 11224

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