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Brink, Andre. STATES OF EMERGENCY - Faber & Faber 1988

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States of Emergency by Andre Brink. 1988 - Faber & Faber. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, States of Emergency by Andre Brink, published in 1988 by Faber & Faber.

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Title States of Emergency
Author Andre Brink
Publisher Faber & Faber
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1988
ISBN 0571151183
Cover Price 0.00
No. Pages 248
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.44

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and white lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The very good dust jacket is neatly priceclipped otherwise complete.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Andre Brink

André Brink has won South Africa’s most important literary prize, the CAN Award, three times and has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He is Professor of English at the University of Cape Town.

Synopsis of this title

Ben Du Toit is an ordinary, decent, harmless man whose sense of justice is outraged by the death at the hands of the police of a man knew. As Ben investigates, he finds that his curiosity becomes labelled as rebellion. The author has won South Africa's CNA award for both Afrikaans and English work.

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Publishers Weekly
The nameless narrator of Brink's daring, brilliant novel is a South African writer who struggles to perfect a love story "untarnished by politics." But the political fact of apartheid intrudes constantly on the story-within-a-story romance of Philip Malan, married, 50ish professor, and Melissa, his 23-year-old graduate student and mistress. Her ex-boyfriend, an up-and-coming instructor, leads anti-apartheid protests that shake her complacency. And Philip, we learn, broke off an affair with a woman from Martinique during the Paris riots of 1968 because of their ethnic differences--a move he now considers a repugnant act of cowardice. A second plot is introduced when the narrator discovers the feverish diary of a white woman recently burned to death who had been romantically involved with a black terrorist fugitive. These separate love stories collide and interpenetrate in the narrator's imagination, against a backdrop of escalating racial violence. Within this highly self-referential format, Brink ( A Dry White Season ) demonstrates that neither love nor art offers an escape; even the imagination is determined by political realities. What might have been a dry academic exercise in the hands of a lesser writer is here a gripping, urgent report from the combat zone, a profound meditation on the power and bondage of the writer's craft.

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