296 pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014
First published in 1988 in Afrikaans as "Missionaris". Translated by Elsa Joubert and Michael King.
A novel based on figures drawn from the Cape Town Church Archives, about a young Dutch clerk who comes to the Cape of Good Hope as a lay missionary in 1800.
"With piercing clarity and depth, this haunting novel imagines the struggles and surprising moments of grace encountered by a missionary to Africa." Claire Robertson, author of "The Spiral House"
Elsa Joubert is also the author of "The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena" (Hofmeyr Prize), "Ons Wag op die Kaptein" (Eugène Marais Prize), "Bonga" (CNA Prize), "Die Reise van Isobelle" (Hofmeyr Prize and Hertzog Prize), "Missionaris" (Hofmeyr Prize) and "Reisiger" (University of Johannesburg Literary Prize, Recht Malan Prize for non-fiction and Louis Hiemstra Prize for non-fiction).