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'A quiet kind of courage' – book review

Author Anthony Schneider speaks about his debut novel 'A quiet kind of courage'. Camera: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 13/03/2013.

15th March 2013

By: Shannon de Ryhove
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Polity & Multimedia

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About the book:

Henry Wegland, a former ANC activist now living in New York City with his son, encourages Saul, his grandson, to travel to South Africa to make a documentary about the people involved in the country’s liberation.

Saul begins to unravel the dark secrets of his grandfather’s past and the shocking events that led to his exile, when he is kidnapped in a rural township. Henry, now in his twilight years, must come to a new understanding of his son and make peace with the choices he once made for them both.

Spanning past and present, South Africa and New York, the interlocking narratives of A Quiet Kind of Courage are a spellbinding portrayal of exile, the meaning of home, and how one man’s attempt to liberate his country changed the lives of his family for generations.

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'A quiet kind of courage' is written by Anthony Schneider. Schneider has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Mid-American Review, Paris Transcontinental and The Reading Room, as well as the anthology The Literary Insomniac (Doubleday). He won a Pushcart Prize and Hackney Fiction Grant. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program and lives in New York City.

'A quiet kind of courage' is published by Penguin Books SA

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