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The Curator By Jacques Strauss

The Curator by Jacques Strauss

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Summary

Werner holds a tedious job in the administration department of the local university and dreams of owning his own gallery. He can't undo the past, but Werner's desperation to change his own his fate will threaten not only his own family but also those still living in the aftermath of what happened all those years ago.

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The Curator by Jacques Strauss

Longlisted for the 2015 Green Carnation Prize

It's not possible to undo what happened in 1976.

In rural South Africa a family massacre takes place; a bloodbath whose only witness is the family's black maid. Hendrik Deyer is the principal of a state-run school camp who lives nearby with his wife and their two sons, Werner and Marius. As Hendrik becomes obsessed with uncovering what happened, his wife worries about her neighbours, a poor white family whose malign influence on her son Werner is - she believes - making his behaviour inexplicably strange and hostile. One night another tragedy changes each of their lives, irrevocably.

Two decades later, Werner is living with his mother and invalid father in a small Pretoria flat. South Africa is a changed place. Werner holds a tedious job in the administration department of the local university and dreams of owning his own gallery. His father is bedridden, hovering on the edge of death, and furious, as he has been for twenty years. As Werner feels his own life slip away, his thoughts turn to murder as a means to correct the course of all their futures. He can't undo the past, but Werner's desperation to change his own his fate will threaten not only his own family but also those still living in the aftermath of what happened all those years ago.

The Curator Reviews

With its forcefully characterised anti-hero Werner, this is a book that will conjure favourable comparisons with other South African literary masters. -- Barry Forshaw * Independent *
Murder is everywhere you look in this dark and gripping novel, but it's often achingly funny. -- Kate Saunders * The Times *
Strauss mixes two narratives together with ease, and comes up with a novel that sparkles. * Book Munch *
The Curator is a very interesting and compelling read. * Savidge Reads *

About Jacques Strauss

Jacques Strauss was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. His first book, The Dubious Salvation of Jack V, won the Commonwealth Book Prize, Africa. He lives in London with his partner and works as a freelance writer.

Additional information

GOR007341073
9780099597728
0099597721
The Curator by Jacques Strauss
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2016-02-04
352
Short-listed for Encore Award 2016 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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