AUTHOR AND DARTMOUTH ALUM NEVILLE FRANKEL
ON SURVIVAL IN SOUTH AFRICA UNDER APARTHEID
A discussion and book reading on April 14, 2016 2 - 4 PM
College, Hanover, NH; Haldeman Center, Kreindler Conference Hall (Room 041)
Free to Osher members, Dartmouth students and faculty
A native of South Africa, Neville Frankel, author of the novel Bloodlines, called “fierce and thrilling” by Kirkus Indie Review, will deliver a personal and historical discussion of apartheid and read excerpts from his novel on April 14th at Osher. Grounded in extensive research and the author’s childhood and travels in South Africa, Frankel interweaves gripping drama, harrowing history, fictional characters and real-life political figures—Nelson Mandela among others. Frankel is an eloquent and informed speaker. Touching on both personal and political history, his presentation will offer a nuanced and devastating portrait of a nation torn apart by apartheid but still brimming with hope.
In Bloodlines, Frankel unfolds the complex and compelling fictional story of Michaela Davidson Green. A courageous, defiant and confounding woman, she sacrificed her life for not only the cause of justice and equality for all South Africans but also for the love of one black man. Michaela suffered terrible consequences and faced agonizing choices, especially the decision to stay in South Africa as a fugitive and forfeit her relationship with her young son.
Author book signing. Copies of Bloodlines will be available for purchase.
Born in Johannesburg, Neville Frankel immigrated to Boston with his family when he was 14. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he pursued doctoral work in English literature at the University of Toronto. While in Canada, he wrote The Third Power, a well-reviewed political thriller about the transformation of Rhodesia to Zimbabwe. He also received an Emmy for his work on a BBC documentary, The Mind of a Murderer: Part 1. In 2005 he returned to South Africa for the first time in 38 years. Over the next decade he went back several more times, researching what would become Bloodlines. He has recently completed work on his newest novel On the Sickle’s Edge, set in 20th-century Eastern Europe, South Africa and the United States.
For information: Thomas Blinkhorn, [email protected]