Absolution

Editorial reviews

Absolution

Flanery depicts the insular, insecure society of his white South Africans without apology and without condemnation.

In this way “Absolution” is unavoidably reminiscent of J. M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace,” which is also set in post-apartheid South Africa and contains as its central action a vicious break-in to the home of the protagonist’s daughter. “Disgrace,” however, was an emotionally austere work of almost abrasive simplicity. Flanery’s novel is not.

Kirkus Reviews : ABSOLUTION (April 01, 2012)

Complex in theme, complex in narrative, this is a masterful literary exploration of the specter of conscience and the formidable cost of reconciliation.

With censorship now likely to make a comeback under the current government, what writers do becomes increasingly important. And a novel like Absolution is timely.