The controversy regarding the importation of sardines from South Africa has undoubtedly stirred local interest in that country. While known as the advocate of apartheid, i.e. the policy of repressive government discrimination against the colored, a policy often referred to as inhuman and unchristian, South Africa is nevertheless only vaguely known to many.
One may, however, read serious and popularly written articles and thus gain a knowledge of South Africa and its policy of apartheid. Yet while such articles, complete with statistics and facts, may, indeed, present a picture of the country, it is an incomplete picture lacking as it were the soul and the heart of the situation. One has probably to seek that soul and that heart in the novel if he is to obtain insights into the situation.