Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Botswana & Morse's White Dog Fell from the Sky

From the March 23rd Huffington Post article "Kalahari Bushmen Tribe To Challenge Botswana Government In Court Again Over Land Dispute:"
The Kalahari Bushmen tribe is taking Botswana's government to court to reaffirm a previous ruling that granted the tribe legal rights to its ancestral land. According to international advocacy group Survival International, Botswana's government has been denying the Bushmen the right to return to their land despite a landmark decision in 2006 that reversed the eviction of around 1,000 tribesmen from the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). Botswana is arguing that the verdict only applies to the 186 individuals named in the original case, requiring others to obtain permits that grant access to the territory for up to one month.
For a novel set in Botswana, try White Dog Fell from the Sky by Eleanor Morse:
In apartheid South Africa in 1976, medical student Isaac Muthethe is forced to flee his country after witnessing a friend murdered by white members of the South African Defense Force. He is smuggled into Botswana, where he is hired as a gardener by a young American woman, Alice Mendelssohn, who has abandoned her Ph.D. studies to follow her husband to Africa. When Isaac goes missing and Alice goes searching for him, what she finds will change her life and inextricably bind her to this sunburned, beautiful land.
If you prefer mysteries, try The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith:
Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J. L. B. Matekoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors. And Precious is going to need them all as she sets out on the trail of a missing child, a case that tumbles our heroine into a hotbed of strange situations and more than a little danger...

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