375pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (1993) 2000
"On the surface On the Contrary is a picaresque historical novel, in which 18th century adventurer Estienne Barbier graduates from seducing French wives to South African widows via a long and bruising association with the Dutch East India Company. Underneath [it] is about today's South Africa and the dilemmas facing people challenging the status quo." Sunday Telegraph
"A timeless, intensely metaphorical novel, but it is also urgently topical" Times Literary Supplement
André Brink (1935-2015) won the CNA Award three times and was twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He was Professor of English at the University of Cape Town. His novels include A Dry White Season, Rumours of Rain, A Chain of Voices, An Act of Terror, The First Life of Adamastor, The Rights of Desire, The Other Side of Silence, The Blue Door and Philida.