Book review: Mating, By Norman Rush
Friday 15 November 2013
The canon of novels about Americans abroad received a vigorous update when this politically astute epic was first published in 1991.
Rush's hypnotic prose describes a young anthropologist's adventures in Botswana, including her affair with Nelson Denoon, the sociologist founder of the matriarchal village of Tsau.
The couple discuss Africa and the West, socialism, language and ethics, until Denoon's disappearance in the Kalahari Desert raises the question: "Who was Tsau for?"
Essential reading for those who relish fiction that examines ser-ious subjects in original ways.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture