Joan Schrauwen, fiction, The Salt of My Desire
Joan Schrauwen describes the journey of several individuals whose connected experiences compel them to attain self discovery, tragedy, and ultimately love, against the background of two of the most magnificent wilderness regions of Africa.
Compelling and captivating, The Salt of My Desire shares the romantic adventure story of various characters whose intertwined lives reveal a myriad of eye opening insights into two African countries in the 1960's before civil war tore them apart.
Dealing with the sophistication of Windhoek and the illegal diamond trade; the big safari outfits taking hunters throughout the vast wilderness areas of both South West Africa and Angola; and the son of an African chief who tries to save a herd of the most endangered of all antelope, the Royal Sable of Angola, this is also the richly evocative story of the love of a Bushman, last of his tribe, for his 'spirit's child', son of a South West farmer; and the heroine, a half-wild young girl growing up on the adjoining farm - and of the three men of different nationalities who love her.
Throw in a beautiful Italian Vogue model who causes disruption wherever she goes; and the head of the Counter-Insurgency Unit in South West Africa, with the almost impossible task of protecting the border against invasion of his country, one finds that this book showcases the extremes of both the primordial and the idealistic facets of the human experience. Illustrating how one can find virtues even in the wildest settings as well as unearthing a series of primal truths, this literary work serves as a catalyst for the emergence of a broader perspective about a different way of living.
In the light of recent events in Angola, where this previously unknown country is becoming one of the biggest economies in Africa, with oil production now representing 95% of export income, the background of the 27 year civil war that ended a decade ago devastated the country, destroying much of its infrastructure. The book shows the magnificent country of Angola in the earlier years, and the first emergence of the Freedom Fighters there; as well as in South West Africa (now Namibia).
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Joan Schrauwen lives on the banks of the Berg River Estuary on the West Coast of Southern Africa.She has compiled, written and illustrated a non-fiction book titled Circle of Seasons: West Coast published by Struik Winchester, South Africa. Her husband is a Civil Engineer, and they lived in South West Africa for years.
The Salt of My Desire * by Joan Schrauwen
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Trade Paperback; £16.99; 497 pages; 978-1-4771-4264-6
Trade Hardback; £26.99; 497 pages; 978-1-4771-4265-3
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4771-4266-0