'A novel of extraordinary power and moral beauty' Paul Binding, Independent.
'Stimulating and original ... met confidently by Sam Garrett in his powerful translation ... a stark and impressive piece of storytelling' Nora Mahony, Times Literary Supplement.
'A compelling existential black-and-white novel ... reminiscent of Sartre's Nausea and Camus' The Outsider... This novel has a magical power of attraction' Ulrich Baron, Die Zeit.
'A thoughtful, elegiac text to be savoured slowly, again and again' Roger Cox, Scotsman.
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In January 1935, Rob, a young Dutchman, departs to Cape Town in search of adventure. After a brutal stint in the diamond mines, Rob sails to Java to join up in the Dutch army which is making a last stand against the invading Japanese. Here he meets a fellow Dutchman, Guus, in whom he finds a soul mate, the best friend he will ever have. They are soon captured by the Japanese. Together they survive the hell of labouring on the Burma railway, and together they leap off their ship when it is torpedoed. Rob never sees his friend again. After the war, Rob wanders from Manila to Lourenço Marques and back to Cape Town. Memories and images from the past follow him everywhere, and he spends his life unable to find peace, unable to accept love, unable to forgive himself for his imagined failings. Man on the Move is the magical journey of a wanderer and a touching portrait of an all-encompassing friendship.
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