The Order of Things
AN Australia-based, South African-raised lawyer and writer has released a novel that takes the reader back to South Africa’s apartheid era.
In The Order of Things author Basil Georgiou, who grew up in South Africa during apartheid, weaves together the gripping stories of an Afrikaner, an English immigrant and a black man whose parents work as farm labourers, who each tries to forge his destiny.
Inspired by Georgiou’s own observations of apartheid-era South Africa, The Order of
Things juxtaposes the journey of its white characters, Marius Strydom and Neil Robertson who enjoy the privileges of their skin colour, with the challenges faced by its black protagonist, Jeremiah Ngubeni, who experiences a repressive South Africa.
‘Being a descendant of migrants, I was afforded a way of life that was denied to the descendants of the ancient tribes of Africa,’ Georgiou said.
‘Without being judgemental, I wanted Marius and Neil to take the reader inside the homes of white South Africans, and for Jeremiah to give us a taste of what it was like to grow up as a black South African during apartheid.
‘I wanted to tell the story through their eyes and their hearts.’