Parts Unknown | Fiction
Zirk van den Berg
German South-West Africa, 1905. A time of war and upheaval. The frail Siegfried Bock comes to the protectorate as a soldier to prove his mettle. But soon he becomes disillusioned when he witnesses atrocities he cannot forget. Lisbeth Löwenstein is here to marry a man she hardly remembers, a settler who has sent money to her impoverished parents in exchange for her hand in marriage. Mordegai Guruseb escapes from a concentration camp where prisoners are dying from deprivation. But before long his freedom is threatened once again.
And then there is failed doctor Albert Pitzer who considers himself a scientist and hopes to gather data that prove his theories. However, Alvaus Luipert, a local schoolmaster, will not stand for his arrogant assumptions and demeaning methods.
In the vast, majestic landscape of German South-West Africa, the fates of these five people intertwine and each one’s humanity is tested to the limit.
‘A love letter to a brutal landscape and the tale of one man’s defiance of inhumanity.’ – Harry Kalmer