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Illustrated by Barlow, Gillian. Very Good in Good dust jacket. Very lightly used, mild signs of handling-unmarked. Nice, used copy. DJ improved with new, clear Brodart mylar cover.; Small 8vo 7½"-8" tall; 127 pages.
New York. 1987. Harper & Row. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 127 pages. hardcover. Christopher Hope was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, grew up in Pretoria, and moved to London in 1975. He is the author of two children's books, three volumes of poetry, and four other works of fiction, including KRUGER'S ALP, which won the Whitbread Prize, and, THE HOTTENTOT ROOM. Jacket & inside illustrations by Gillian Barlow. 0060158468. keywords: 40293. inventory # 13146. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Swan Lake is brought to the surreal landscape of a South African township in this darkly lyrical tale of two innocents: a young German woman and a black youth named Lucky. The time is 1965, but Lucky's superstitious grandmother still believes he's been touched by witchcraft, for Lucky is a mimic who talks in voices he's heard on the radio, a dreamer who escapes his harsh surroundings by letting his mind fly away to the Europe and America of his imagination. When the head of a local clinic manages to convince the old woman to send Lucky to a special school for disturbed adolescents, Lucky is taken in hand by Ilse, who has just fled her own demons in Stuttgart. It is a striking combination: a dreamy black boy of seventeen with the mind of a child and a repressed, naive young German. Ilse, who once dreamed of being a dancer, intuits that the way to reach Lucky is to enter his fantasies, and in an extraordinary scene Lucky is transported by a film she shows him of the ballet. It is the beginning of a catastrophic odyssey for each of them that takes Lucky away from his township, out of his home country altogether, and into a guerrilla training camp in East Germany before he is returned to face what awaits him on the Highveld. But through it all Lucky carries with him a special dream of freedom, one that scandalizes the township and outrages the authorities-a vision of a place where anyone may become a swan, and death itself is outdanced.
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