The Lost World of the Kalahari

Author(s): Laurens Van der Post

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In this enthralling book van der Post establishes his role as a distinguished explorer and writer describing the rediscovery of the Bushmen, outcast survivors from Stone Age Africa. "Pass world!: I am the dreamer that remains; The man clear cut against the last horizon." Roy Campbell Laurens van der Post was fascinated and appalled at the fate of this remarkable people. Ostracised by all the changing face of African cultural life they retreated deep into the Kalahari desert. His fascinating attempt to capture their way of life and the secrets of their ancient heritage provide captivating reading and a unique insight into a forgotten way of life. First published 1958.


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"No one can write more feelingly of Africa. An experience not to be missed." - Elspeth Huxley

Laurens van der Post was born in Africa in 1906. Most of his adult life was spent his time divided between Africa and England. His professions of writer and farmer were interrupted by ten years in the army, behind enemy lines in Abyssinia, the Western Desert and the Far East where he was taken prisoner by the Japanese while commanding a small guerrilla unit. He went straight from prison back to active service in Java. He was awarded the CBE for his services in the field.

General Fields

  • : 9780099428756
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage
  • : November 2001
  • : 197mm X 130mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laurens Van der Post
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 916.883042
  • : 256
  • : maps