African Assignment by Theo Engela
Theo Engela’s short stories were written during the 1950’s and 60’s, and set in the South African bushveld and society of the day. Today they provide a fresh glimpse at a world now long vanished.
Using imagery and place-names unfamiliar to 21st century people, the author introduces the reader to a simpler, less complicated world filled with wonder and mystery, where crime could still be perfect and the world lived fearfully under the ever-present threat of the Cold War.
Mesmerizing African folklore and almost-vanished cultures stand side by side. Rounded off in his own unique style, Theo Engela displays a biting sense of wit and irony in his work, which would probably not seem out of place in a Hitchcock serial or even in the Twilight Zone.
[Edited by Christina Engela]