In her garden, ensconced in the lush vegetation of the Western
Cape, Clare Wald, world-renowned author, mother, critic, takes up
her pen and confronts her life. Sam Leroux has returned to South
Africa to embark upon a project that will establish his reputation
- he is to write Clare's biography. But how honest is she prepared
to be? Was she complicit in crimes lurking in South Africa's past;
is she an accomplice or a victim? Are her crimes against her family
real or imagined? As Sam and Clare turn over the events of her
life, she begins to seek reconciliation, absolution. But in the
stories she weaves and the truth just below the surface of her
shimmering prose, lie Sam's own ghosts. Absolution shines light on
contemporary South Africa and the long dark shadow of Apartheid,
the elusive nature of truth and self-perception and the mysterious
alchemy of the creative process. It is a debut of extraordinary
strength and power.
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