In 1652, a Dutch ship landed at the southern tip of Africa hoping to grow salads for the crews of the powerful Dutch East India Company, which were being decimated by scurvy. Although this agricultural venture began without a hint of colonial ambition, the men were soon caught in the heart of a continent of contrasts, full of gold, wild beasts, diamonds and tsetse flies. This book is about an exciting adventure which ended up founding a nation.
A heroic epic about the gardeners who founded South Africa.
A human and historical epic, demonstrating great empathy with the most unfortunate people, in the best tradition of the author.
Robert Laffont (France), Da Capo Press (English rights), Saggiatore (Italy), Manuscrito (Portugal), Spectrum (The Netherlands).