Launch of 'Borderline' by Marita van der Vyver on November 6

The acclaimed author's new novel transports the reader to a sultry Cuba and a politically tense SA

30 October 2019 - 12:54
Marita van der Vyver's latest novel 'Borderline'
Marita van der Vyver's latest novel 'Borderline'
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A letter among her deceased ex-husband’s belongings rips open Theresa’s world.

For years she has turned her back on Theo, a man who spent the last two decades of his life institutionalised, and on their shared past in a country where teenage boys were conscripted to fight on “the Border”, in a war that those back home knew little about. Least of all Theresa, who spent her days dreaming of discos and first kisses. 

Realising that the letter was written by a Cuban soldier and addressed to his child – who, if still alive, would be at least 40 years old – Theresa heads for Cuba. She aims to search for the soldier’s child, to deliver the letter, to atone in some way for Theo’s deeds and for her own ignorance.

In sultry Cuba, amid its picturesque 1950s cars and the fragrant smoke of cigars, Theresa’s search connects her intimately with those branded “the enemy” during the war in Angola, as she begins to unravel what growing up in the SA of that time really meant.


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