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by Tony D’Souza
reviewed by Ben Oswest

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An edited version of this review originally ran in the 4 February 2007 Sunday Independent.

To the outsiders who have tried their luck in Africa, when it comes time to write a novel about it, the first struggle is with political realism. Should their story be set in the actual African country where they did their deeds, or, more delicately, in a territory that bears all the clues, but remains nameless, or masquerades under a pseudonym? The artless title of Tony D’Souza’s first novel reveals his choice: Whiteman is an clear declaration in favour of reality.

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