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The author's first work of fiction, Dusklands criticizes the inherent violence of the Western world's colonial and imperial past. Really two novellas, The Vietnam Project, and The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee, the book tells the story of a 20th-century specialist in psychological warfare and an 18th-century Boer frontiersman. The last line of the first part, "I have high hopes of finding out whose fault I am," ranks as one of the most disturbing sentences in 20th-century fiction.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Secker and Warburg
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Date Published: 1982
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: 043610296X


  • Condition: Fine
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: Yes
  • Jacket Condition: Near fine
  • Details:
    Originally published in Johannesburg by Ravan Press, 1974. 125 p. 23 cm. Brown cloth hardcover in mylar-covered orange dustjacket. Spine of jacket faded. First printing by Biddles Ltd.

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