Zerstreuung

Lauri Kubuitsile

Zerstreuung

Lauri Kubuitsile

Translated into German by Ivana Maurovic, Maria Meinel

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There is war in southern Africa around the turn of the century. Tjipuka, the daughter of a Herero leader, and Riette, whose father is a Dutch settler, meet in the British Bechuanaland, both badly marked by the wars they had to endure. The Herero are fed up with the German occupation of their country. Tjipuka's husband Ruhapo joined the resistance against the colonial power overnight. Its brutal suppression by the so-called Schutzstaffel forms the cruel prelude to the displacement and annihilation of a people, ordered by a German general: Kill every Herero, including women and children. Tjipuka survived the Ohamakari massacre and flees to the desert with her child. Your husband is likely dead. At the same time, the ambitious 25-year-old Riette is forcibly married to her rude neighbor in the Transvaal. When he was captured in the second Boer War, Riette was also taken to a camp. Their farm is set on fire as part of the UK's scorched earth policy. DESTRUCTION tells the brutal story of two women united in the struggle for survival. Lauri Kubuitsile manages to empathize and poetically report incredible suffering, including in the Lüderitz concentration camp, and the simultaneous inflexibility of the human spirit. A moving novel, inspired by parts of German history that are told here from a female point of view.

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  • “Through exquisite, evocative writing, Kubuitsile weaves the story of these two resilient women who must overcome shocking odds in order to survive.”


    –– Cape Times

  • "The Scattering is a beautiful story of unbreakable bonds, love and new friendships. I truly enjoyed it and will recall the characters with fondness for some time to come."


    –– Writers Write

  • “The Scattering impresses on several fronts. Through the life stories of two seemingly insignificant women Kubuitsile links two seminal events of the early twentieth century history in Southern Africa. Two fates out of millions, but they personify the remarkable resilience of women throughout history... The Scattering is one of those superb historical novels which live on in the reader, simultaneously sounding a warning and shining the light of hope.”


    –– Cape Times

  • "Kubuitsile verwebt durch eindrucksvolles Schreiben die Geschichte zweier widerstandsfähiger Frauen, die schockierende Widrigkeiten überwinden müssen, um zu überleben."


    –– Jan's Book Buzz