Love in the shadow of Apartheid is a romantic novel set in the early post WWII years of National Party rule under which legislation was enacted, to provide a legal basis for de facto discrimination which had been customary in the colonies of the British Empire. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi who began his practice of non-violence resistance in South Africa, the traditionally left-learning student leadership at the University were up in arms. Into this rebellious scene, Theo Falkenburg, with an uncle leading the National Party in the Transvaal province gets elected by the Engineering students to the Student Representative Council and is given the job of chairing the RAG committee in charge of student activites to raise funds for University sponsored charities. He accidentally runs into a beautiful dramatic arts student, Teresa Lourens, and is smitten by her and Auntie Mame like, stunning mother, Louise. The courtship blossoms and to promote a stronger association he urges her to run for election as RAG Queen. Set to be celebrated and admired, they come under attack by radical elements of the rival Afrikaans university in Pretoria. What seemed like student pranks turn into serious attacks by a group known as teh “White Supremacists” and being involving law enforcement and ultimately the special forces of the CID. Through his father’s connections at the American Embassy, Theo enlists the support of George Shaw, who heads their intelligence operations. Attempts are made on both their lives and finally traumatizes Teresa to a point where they are driven apart and Theo is exiled.
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Published May 16, 2011
Literature & Fiction.