A Duty of Memory (African Writers Series)
This is the story of an Afrikaner-English brother and sister separated as children and the consequences of their violent background. Eben was raised on the family farm and Jo was sent to live in England. While Eben becomes a member of a clandestine hit-squad that perpetrates violence against blacks, homosexuals, and Communists, Jo lives and unsettled life, frequently changing jobs and lovers. After Eben’s death, Jo returns to the family farm to find out the truth of what has happened to her family.
In this gripping and honest story Botha examines violence within the family as well as the country. It is particularly appropriate in the current South African climate of learning about the past and coming to terms with the truth.