''A Dry White Season'' (Afrikaans: ') is a fictional novel written by Afrikaner
novelist André Brink
and first published by Taurus in 1979. The title quotes a line from the struggle poem For Don M. - Banned by Mongane Wally Serote
. The novel focuses on the death during detention of a man wrongly suspected of being a black activist. The novel challenges apartheid
, depicting the transformation of a ruling class Afrikaner's opposition to the governing, white supremacist regime.
The novel was initially banned in South Africa, though Brink had 3,000 copies published through an underground press.
The novel was adapted into a 1989 film
which starred Donald Sutherland
, Zakes Mokae
and Susan Sarandon
. The film was subsequently banned in South Africa.
"''A Dry White Season''
" ''Chicago Sun-Times'' (Sept. 22, 1989).
Reception of the novel was generally positive, and praising the novel's critique of apartheid, ''The Christian Science Monitor'' was generally positive about the book, though noted that it has elements of being a "white book."
''The New York Times'' called the novel "both an exposé and a passionate appeal for social justice" and an excellent piece of work which "demonstrates André Brink's continuing refinement of his fictional technique".
The novel was awarded the 1980 Martin Luther King Memorial Prize
"A Dry White Season"
Category:Novels by André Brink
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