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Introducing Bundu by Chris Barnard, Translated by Michiel Heyns

BunduIn a place near Mozambique where no one knows the boundary, drought is changing everything. Tens, then hundreds of people seek refuge in a forgotten outpost where a clinic is run by lonely souls of uncertain training, nuns staunchly determined to serve. But the inundation soon becomes too much for them, and there is no help from outside. Within the small community of outcasts a plan takes shape that is as outrageous as it is inspired. The illegal adventure that follows is a humanitarian act of heroic proportions, yet unsung in the greater world. And in its wake unanswered questions remain: what is it that lies just beyond our reach; why can we not take the final step towards each other?

Bundu is about the people and the animals of Africa at the height of their beauty and the depth of their despair. It is a love story and a meditation on the mystery of our powers and the limitations that we share with our brothers, the animals.

About the author

Chris Barnard was born in Nelspruit in 1939. He matriculated in 1957 and completed a B.A. degree in 1960 at the University of Pretoria. He worked as a journalist for 17 years and as a script writer and film producer between 1978 and 1994. He has been farming with macadamias in the Lowveld since 1995. Barnard has published 30 books, including novels, plays for stage and radio, short stories, film scripts and childrens books.

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