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Title: The Rain Goddess
Author: Peter Stiff
Genre: War Novel
Rev. edition, Cape Town 2003
ISBN 1919854061 / ISBN 1-919854-06-1
ISBN 9781919854069 / ISBN 978-1-919854-06-9
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 256 pages, English
Good. Little traces of usage.
About: The Rain Goddess
In the late 1960s Peter Stiff, author of 'The Rain Goddess' was a senior officer in the British South Africa Police of Rhodesia. Internal insurgency combined with major armed guerrilla incursions from Zambia had commenced, but the government played them down to the public at large. Stiff did not subscribe to the view that the public should be kept in the dark. After resigning his commission in 1972 he wrote The Rain Goddess, a 'fictional' account of the bush war based on his own experiences and those of his former police comrades. It was impossible to write it as non fiction because this would have carried the sanction of a prosecution under the Official Secrets Act. The Rain Goddess served its intended purpose and alerted an amazed Rhodesian public to the undeclared war then raging on its doorstep. The Rain Goddess, which was published 1977 under it's Afrikaans title, Die Reengodin by Olympos, is widely recognised as the classic true novel on the Rhodesian Bush War.
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