Former New York Times correspondent for South Africa, Alan Cowell, has set his latest novel, Permanent Removal, in South Africa. The book is in part inspired by events that occurred when Cowell was a journalist covering the violence and political upheaval during the 1980s. In the book, a former American diplomat, Thomas Kinzer, returns to a democratic South Africa, at the behest of the widow of a political activist killed by a member of the apartheid hit-squad. But Lillian Nyati doesn’t believe the full truth of what happened was ever revealed, and wants Thomas to investigated.
During a recent visit to the country we interviewed Cowell about the events that inspired the book, and what he thinks of post-rainbow nation South Africa.
Listen to the interview or download the podcast directly.