Midnight Missionary

Midnight Missionary lifts the scab on a distorted society, turns political correctness on its head and pokes a finger into a cultural grey area.
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Title: Midnight Missionary
Author: Kleinboer
Publisher: Randomhouse Struik
Imprint: Zebra Press
Cape Town, South Africa 2006
ISBN 9781770071148 / ISBN 978-1-77007-114-8
Paperback, 15x23 cm, 256 pages


André Brink called it ‘’n befokte boek’. Antjie Krog called it ‘the most radically new text to come out of Afrikaans in the past year’. Kleinboer’s novel Kontrei caused huge controversy and earned critical acclaim, winning the Jan Rabie-Rapport Prize for innovative prose in 2004. In October 2006 this extraordinary book will be available in English translation as Midnight Missionary. The book narrates the events in the life of an Afrikaner man living in Yeoville, Johannesburg. After fourteen years in the same job, he seeks release from the boredom of day-to-day existence in Hillbrow’s bars and brothels. Although living with his black girlfriend and her son, he writes obsessively about his frequent interactions with prostitutes, most of them immigrants from other African countries. The narrative, presented in the form of a confessional journal, is interspersed with poetic memories of his Calvinist South African childhood and observations on a changing country as he travels to Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg. Haunting and shocking, Midnight Missionary provides a gritty and honest portrait of urban life in post-apartheid South Africa.

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