Heart of corruption in futuristic South Africa

2008-08-13 00:00

This is a difficult book, in many ways a powerful piece of literature, but this reviewer found it heavy-going.

However, after a few chapters, the reader may feel driven to have a bath or brush his or her teeth. Venter seems obsessed with corruption, both moral and physical; his characters are mostly sub-hysterical and erratic people with overblown emotions, and the whole story plays out at a grindingly overwrought pitch. Melbourne

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