Joint winner of the EU Literary Award 2005.
South Africa, 1976: Matt, Pru and Paul, a group of students in Cape Town, are caught up in the surge of political uprisings that envelop the country.
They find refuge at The Kalamata, a Greek bar, and its owner, George, whose own life has paralleled theirs with a tragic poignancy that reveals an inspired dissection of moral uncertainty. As their stories come together, each is forced to choose between the personal and the political in the most profound of ways.
Ice in the Lungs scrutinises moral quandaries in apartheid South Africa in a dazzling array of meticulous detail and hidden truths complicated by corrupt politics and thus challenging the inviolable truisms of heroic struggle.
In a moving story of bravery, betrayal and unrequited love, the very real despair and danger of the two narratives mirror each other in their revelation of the conflicting nature of political and sexual choices and their unforeseen consequences.
Ice in the Lungs is an exquisite stroke of artistic achievement that electrifies the reader with its casual brutality and stylistic virtuosity.
About the Author
Gerald Kraak is head of the South African office of Atlantic Philanthropies, an international charitable organisation. Kraak, who studied English and History at the University of Cape Town, worked in the anti-apartheid movement and left South Africa to avoid conscription into the military. He has published two books on South African politics and directed a film documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army.
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