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Disputed Land and Clarence van Buuren on 2013 Alan Paton Award Longlist

Disputed LandClarence van Buuren Knew the Words But Not the MusicProtea Boekhuis is proud to announce that two of our titles, Clarence van Buuren by Chris Marnewick and Disputed Land by Louis Changuion and Bertus Steenkamp, have made it onto the longlist for the prestigious 2013 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award.

The longlist was announced yesterday and the shortlist of five will be revealed on Saturday evening at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Best of luck to Marnewick, Changuion and Steenkamp!

About the books

Disputed Land gives a comprehensive review of the origin of the problems surrounding land ownership in South Africa from 1652 and how it still continues in 2011. The book describes how it happened that the white minority of the South African population could own in 73% (in 1980) of the land while the black population only owned 14%. (The state owned 12%.)

When Apartheid ended, this imbalance in land distribution had to be set right. Today, it is an ongoing process. In this process it is expected of white farmers to sell their land to black farmers. Some South Africans feel that South Africa as a whole should be in the hands of black farmers.

Louis Changuion and Bertus Steenkamp question whether land reform by means of dispossession is the answer to South Africa’s land distribution problems. Are there other possible solutions and can white South Africans have a claim on South African land?

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Clarence van Buuren: Knew the Words But Not the Music is the English translation of Clarence van Buuren: Die man agter die donkerbril.

In 1957 Clarence Gordon van Buuren was convicted of the murder of Myrna Joy Aken and executed. He denied murdering her up to the very end. A young boy, Chris Marnewich, read the details in the newspaper and he had nightmares about them: Why was Van Buuren hanged if he had maintained his innocence?

The case was sensational for several reasons: It was alleged that a clairvoyant found the body after a séance; There were indications of a sexual relationship between Van Buuren and Aken
There was the crude sexual mutilation of the corpse.

The press leapt at the sensation: Women queued outside the court in long lines, trampling each other when the doors opened. Van Buuren enjoyed the attention and he flirted with them during the entire hearing.

Despite all the attention focused on the case, the author found that the evidence led in court simply was the tip of the iceberg. The police dossier revealed so much more. Information indicated that Van Buuren was a narcissistic psychopath, a sadist who battered women. He was an emotional vampire and a sadistic sex murderer. Or was he? None of this was mentioned in the court case, nor in the newspapers.

When Marnewick decided to reinvestigate the case, the case record had disappeared. Eventually Marnewick tracked it down.

Today, more than 60 years after the murder, we are in a position to relive the crime through Marnewick’s legal eye. The book tells the story of the murder, but it also traces Marnewick’s own journey with the book.

Book details

  • Disputed Land: The Historical Development of the South African Land Issue 1652-2011 by Louis Changuion, Bertus Steenkamp
    EAN: 9781869197742
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