The Persistence of Memory by Tony Eprile
A Novel

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A veteran of the secret war in Angola and Namibia, Paul Sweetbread reflects on how his life was affected by turbulence and apartheid, from his mother's removal from a Chekhov play and his education in the government's version of history to his forced appearance before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. A first novel. 20,000 first printing.
 

About Tony Eprile

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Tony Eprile is the author of Temporary Sojourner & Other South African Stories, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He grew up in South Africa and lives in Bennington, Vermont.
 
Published July 13, 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company. 297 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In book two (1987–89), Paul recalls how he left university when he was drafted and found himself posted first to Namibia, where the South African army was fighting guerrillas, and then to Angola as part of a unit producing films intended to keep up white morale.

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Paul's version of the events he witnesses—most notably the unnecessary massacre of a group of homeward-bound soldiers after a cease-fire has been decreed—is called into question at a trial before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where a psychiatrist from Paul's childhood cartoonishly appe...

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