Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland
Author Olive Schreiner
Olive Schreiner’s Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland (1897) is the story of one of Cecil John Rhodes’ young troopers lost in Mashonaland and the appearance of a Christ-like figure on a koppie. Alan Paton said of the story that it remains an essential part of South African literature. At times satirical and at times a realist depiction of Rhodes and his Rhodesian policies, it was the work Schreiner wished to be remembered for. The novel is her most overtly political and attempted to debunk the widely-held image of Rhodes as the ‘good imperialist’ who cared for the natives’ well-being.
About the author
Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) was a South African novelist, activists and feminist intellectual. Her first published novel, Story of an African Farm (1883), became a best seller in the UK. With the success of this book Schreiner became a widely recognised public intellectual in the UK befriending amongst other Karl Marx’s daughter. Schreiner, however, returned to South Africa in 1889 and after a short friendship with Cecil John Rhodes became one of his fiercest critics. She regularly reprimanded Rhodes for his racist and imperialist policies. She would go on to write a book on gender equality called Woman and Labour(1911)
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Size 198 x 129