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By Kajsa Norman

Nelson Mandela is useless and his dream of a rainbow country in South Africa is fading. two decades after the autumn of apartheid the white Afrikaner minority fears cultural extinction. How some distance are they ready to visit live on as a humans? Kajsa Norman's booklet lines the conflict for regulate of South Africa, its humans, and its heritage, over a chain of December 16ths, from the conflict of Blood River in 1838 to its commemoration in 2011. Weaving among the prior and the current, the e-book highlights how years of worry, nationalism, and social engineering have left the fashionable Afrikaner suffering for id and relevance.

Norman spends time with citizens of the breakaway republic of Orania, the place one thousand Afrikaners are operating to build a white-African utopia. mentioning their wish to protect their language and traditions, they've got sequestered themselves in an remoted a part of the arid Karoo quarter. the following, they could nonetheless dictate the foundations and create a place of origin with its personal flag, forex and beliefs. For a Europe that faces starting to be nationalism, their tale is extra correct than ever. How do humans react once they think their cultural id is less than hazard? Bridge Over Blood River's haunting and subversive evocation of South Africa's racial politics offers a few unsettling answers.

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