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Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Book cover for Cry, the Beloved Country
Book cover for Cry, the Beloved Country
The most famous and important novel in South Africa's history, and an immediate worldwide bestseller when it was published in 1948, Paton's impassioned novel about a black man's country under white man's law is a work of searing beauty. This is the deeply moving story of the Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son, Absalom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Remarkable for its lyricism, unforgettable for character and incident, it is a classic work of love and hope, courage and endurance, born of the dignity of man.