n Historia - Cape Lives of the Eighteenth Century, Karel Schoeman : book review




Karel Schoeman, best known to the general public as one of South Africa's leading novelists, is also a prolific historian of the early Cape Colony. In recent years he has published an astonishing number of books on the VOC Cape, all of them based on detailed research and with the novelist's eye for telling detail and empathetic understanding of a world very different from our own. But most are in Afrikaans and few have been translated, thus denying his work to international readers and to many South Africans.


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