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Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2015
  • 9781512321029 1512321028
  • 352 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9781512321029 B011PXSEWG
  • 352 pages
  • $3.99
Mark Fine
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The Zebra Affaire: An Apartheid Love Story
Mark Fine, author
In the spring of 1976, Elsa, the daughter of a disillusioned European farmer, and Stanwell, the proud descendant of the Zulu, dare the forbidden and impossible by falling in love in apartheid South Africa. The terrified lovers turned prey, race from the golden city of Johannesburg to the wildly exotic African bushveld to evade government sanction. No government has the right to interfere in the love between two individuals, yet, in segregated South Africa their union is a crime. Elsa and Stanwell must decide if their love is worth the fight, but first they must survive the manhunt. The desperate couple find themselves in the crosshairs of a cold-blooded racist security branch enforcer bent on their destruction. Harried by hatred, Elsa and Stanwell's lonely battle against the forces of racism and tribal mistrust is at times insurmountable. Readers rave about this dangerous love story set against a provocatively authentic and historically rich Southern African tapestry that speaks to the ongoing issues of race, politics, and the ultimate thrill ride, love.
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Entertainment Today

In the best tradition of historical fiction, Fine has woven the story of several intriguing individuals into the larger fabric of a troubled time. In this case, a biracial couple’s story is at the center of late 1970s apartheid South Africa.

Fine has a flair for detailed descriptions, whether it is the local 1976 Formula 1 race or the local record shop. In the latter instance, Rodriguez is tipped to become the most important musical artist in South Africa (although the author and astute readers know the Detroit native was virtually unknown everywhere else for decades).

In order to explain the complicated and often inscrutable laws and customs of the region, Fine uses an alternative to the footnote. He sets out in italics an explanatory paragraph or two in the midst of the narrative. Although this would seem to disrupt the flow, the explanations further explain the context.  Indeed, this technique avoids the dreaded exposition of having the characters explain to each other that which they already know.

Fine shines a light on the pernicious effects of tribalism, which may ultimately cause more damage across the African continent than colonialism.

The lovers at the story’s center do not move through Johannesburg in isolation; the supporting cast of characters range from a nightclub singer to the head of a large record company. Whether describing the region’s introduction of the 45 RPM single or the horrific conditions in the mines, the author’s descriptions remain compelling.

Fine’s first novel brings his experience of growing up in South Africa to the page with clarity and conviction.

BRAD AUERBACH

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 07/2015
  • 9781512321029 1512321028
  • 352 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9781512321029 B011PXSEWG
  • 352 pages
  • $3.99

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