A specialist in pyschological warefare is driven to braekdown and madness by the stressed of a project of macabre ingenuity to win the w ar in Vietnam. A meglomaniac Boer frontiersman wreaks hideous vengence on a Hottentot tribe for undermining the 'natural' order of his universe with their anarchic rival order, mocking him and subjecting him to the humiliations of his own all too palpable flesh. Both the 18th century Jacobus Coetzee and the 20ht century Euguene Dawn are in the business of pushing back the frontiers of knowledge and are dealers in death who denounce their own humanity and spurn their feelings of guilt. With immense power and economy in these two narratives, coetzee has crystalized in their absurdity and horror, the extremes of scientific evangelism and heroic exploration.
Two novellas. In the first a specialist in psychological warfare is driven to murderous action by the stresses of a macabre project to win the Vietnam War. In the second, a megalomaniac 18th-century Boer frontiersman in the wreaks hideous vengeance on a Hottentot tribe. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 6th August 1998
Publisher: Random House
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.11