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Into the Laager

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Into the Laager: Afrikaners Living on the Edge 

Kajsa Norman

ISBN 9781868427369

Nelson Mandela is dead and in South Africa his dream of a rainbow nation is fading. More than two decades after the fall of apartheid, groups of white Afrikaners have cut themselves off from this unpredictable country, fearing that their language, culture and eventually their entire people may become extinct.

Living on edge in an ever-changing nation, some have retreated to the breakaway republic of Orania, where they work to construct a utopia for white Africans. Within the safety of their laager – a homeland with its own flag and currency – they can, once again, dictate the rules.

Weaving between past and present, Into the Laager traces the war for control of South Africa, its people and its history, through a series of December 16ths, beginning with the Battle of Blood River in 1838. In so doing, it takes us back to the origin of these fears: the years of nationalism and social engineering behind this modern struggle for identity and relevance.

Along the way, Norman asks the difficult questions – those that are as relevant to today’s South Africa as they were in 1838: how do people react when they believe their cultural identity is under threat? How far are we prepared to go to survive as a people?




The Author

Kajsa Norman is a London-based investigative journalist with an interest in dictatorships and conflict zones. Into the Laager was originally published in Sweden in 2015 as Bron över Blood River (Bridge over Blood River). Her other works include books on Cuba, Venezuela and Zimbabwe, the results of extensive research across Latin America and Africa.



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