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0355 ‘n Seegraf vir ‘n meisie

October 27, 2012
  • Title: ‘n Seegraf vir ‘n meisie
  • English Title: A Sea Burial for a Girl
  • Canon: The Scarlet Ruse
  • Language: Afrikaans
  • Country: South Africa
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1980s
  • Publisher: Olympos
  • ISBN-10: 0868793167
  • ISBN-13: 9780868793160
  • Cover Price: 2,24 rand
  • Cover Artist: Unknown

Image courtesy of the John D. MacDonald Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Here’s another of my new acquisitions: an arresting South African cover. I know of only three Afrikaans editions of JDM’s work, of which this is obviously one. I don’t know what intrigues me more (other than the miles of flesh, stretching away to the horizon like the Russian steppes), the sad clown face formed by the pattern on the bikini, or the fact that the girl has been branded on her right hip. And I thought South Africa was a prudish culture!

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