401pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Hermanus, 2014
Originally published in 2005 in Afrikaans as "'n Wonderlike Geweld". Translated into English by Irene Wainwright.
An autobiography by Afrikaans writer Elsa Joubert, in which she writes about growing up in the staunch Afrikaner community of Paarl in the Western Cape.
Elsa Joubert was born in 1922. In 1963 her first novel, "Ons wag op die kaptein", was awarded the Eugène Marais prize. "Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena" (The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena) was awarded the WA Hofmeyer, CNA and Louis Luyt prizes. Her novel, "Die reise van Isobelle" (1995), was awarded the Hertzog Prize, and "Reisiger" (2011) won the University of Johannesburg Literary Prize, the Recht Malan Prize and the Louis Hiemstra Prize.