Boerejood /
Julian Roup.
Johannesburg : Jacana : [Distributed by] Thorold's Africana Books, 2004.
256 p. ; 21 cm.
1770090223 (pbk.)
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Johannesburg : Jacana : [Distributed by] Thorold's Africana Books, 2004.
1770090223 (pbk.)
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"Julian Roup is an Afrikaner in exile: or rather, a part-Afrikaner, son of an Afrikaner mother and a Jewish father, a Boerejood. Boer, once a title worn with pride, became Roup writes: 'a label of contempt in the mouths of other white South Africans and hatred in the mouths of blacks.' Roup had himself seen them his own people as 'hypocritical racists who gave us apartheid.' And yet ... 'despite everything, Afrikaans forms one of the chambers of my heart, and as such it must survive if I am to live fully.' His piece is a delicate exploration of a society 10 years after the end of apartheid and the onset of majority rule. He has no nostalgia for the old regime, but immense sadness for the embattlement of the Afrikaans language and culture. The small society of Afrikaner liberals now feels a little of the discrimination they opposed: and many see no future for the culture except in racial ghettoes which they do not want. It may be that the language and the culture losing, bit by bit, its oppressive connotations will survive, even flourish. After all, the great poet and also an exile, Breyten Breytenbach, still writes in Afrikaans. But maybe, as the Afrikaners say: 'Die koeel is deur die kerk en die dominee is dood.' Which means, literally, 'The bullet is through the church and the vicar is dead,' or, as the English saying less vividly has it, 'It's too late for tears.'" John Lloyd, Editor, Financial Times Saturday Magazine
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Since the end of white minority rule in South Africa, Afrikaners have felt that they have little voice in the 'new' country. This book, whilst not representing an apologia for old policies, reflects on the loss of a way of life.
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Depicts South Africa through the eyes of a Boerejood, a half-Afrikaans, half-Jewish writer who struggles with issues of race and identity, as does his nation.

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