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Fiona Melrose Reviews Philida by André Brink

PhilidaVerdict: carrot

Philida, I had heard, was a “difficult” read. Readers must confront shifts in point of view, a dominant first person account from Philida herself, her language held tightly in the rhythms of her vernacular, not to mention the subject matter, with graphic accounts of the severe punitive and sexual violence that nineteenth century Cape slaves endured.

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