My Traitor's Heart: Blood and Bad Dreams a South African Explores the Madness in His Country,His Tribe and Himself
Rian Malan is an Afrikaner, a member of the clan that produced Daniel Francois Malan, one of the master builders of apartheid, and General Magnus Malan, South Africa's Minister of Defence. In 1977, he fled his homeland to live in America. Eight years later, he returned home to face his country, his tribe and his conscience, and to write My Traitor's Heart.
Hailed as a masterpiece around the world, this exploration of apartheid's legacy is horrifying yet beautiful, harrowing yet hopeful.
Rian Malan was born in South Africa in 1954. His first book, My Traitor's Heart, was a best-seller. He has worked extensively as a journalist in South Africa and in the United States. He has since returned to Johannesburg to live.