Blood's Mist

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/Kaunu fell asleep…only to find himself caught up in a frightening dream. Mist was swirling all around him: thick mist, cold and threatening – !Khwa’s mist. Then cries and screams echoed out of the dense, white blanket. Swirling, smoking, the mist turned
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/Kaunu fell asleep…only to find himself caught up in a frightening dream. Mist was swirling all around him: thick mist, cold and threatening – !Khwa’s mist. Then cries and screams echoed out of the dense, white blanket. Swirling, smoking, the mist turned the colour of blood.

 Richard and /Kaunu are the central characters in the story of a family group of Drakensberg Bushmen and a British farming family who, in the mid-1800’s, had emigrated to the Colony of Natal. Spanning a period of roughly ten years, the story interweaves the experiences of both families. With mounting tension, the parallel events and hardships that each family go through, lead inexorably towards the point where they clash – with devastating consequences for them both.  

Not only is Blood’s Mist gripping, David Donald also evokes an authentic sense of place, and of the historical time over which the story happens. Most important, through his meticulous research around of the culture of the Drakensberg Bushmen and the drastically changing circumstances in which they lived in the mid 1800’s, he has woven these dimensions naturally and easily into the story through his characters’ own words, actions and experiences.

 

About the Author

David Donald is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology of the University of Cape and has published widely in his academic field. Recently, he has also engaged in fiction writing: novels directed mainly, but not only, at young people and which are built on little-known or neglected aspects of South African history and cultural experience. His first novel, Call on the Wind, was published by Jacana Media in 2007.

 

Parameters of Book: Book
Author: David Donald
ISBN: 9781770096646
Size (mm): 210 x 148mm
Pages: 288pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: World
Language: English
Publication Date: 2009-01-01