"Coetzee's vision goes to the nerve center of being" (Nadine Gordimer)
"Its unflinching sense of loss, its claustrophobic acknowledgement of the unwilling interdependence of master and slave, and its subtle prose-style, make it an extraordinary achievement" (Guardian
"His writing gives off whiffs of Conrad, of Nabokov, of Golding, of the Paul Theroux of The Mosquito Coast.
But he is none of these, he is a harsh, compelling voice" (Sunday Times
"Intense, clear and powerful. The promise, so brilliantly fulfilled in his later work, is clear in this earliest novel" (Daily Telegraph
The lives of a Boer frontiersman and a specialist in psychological warfare living two centuries apart are brought together as extremes of power politics in this brutal, ambitious debut novel from the Booker and Nobel Prize-winning J. M. Coetzee.