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In the Heart of the Country  
Author J. M. Coetzee
Country South Africa
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Vintage Press (UK)
Publication date 1977
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-09-946594-9
OCLC Number 56467689

In the Heart of the Country (1977) is an English language novel by J. M. Coetzee which delves in the complex relationships that form between the colonizer and the colonized. It takes place on a desolate farm in South Africa told through the perspective of an intelligent yet meek European woman. She clashes with her father when he takes an African mistress, causing a rift that leads towards vengeance, violence and a muddling of her own relationship with the Africans.

In the U.S.A. the book was published as From the Heart of the Country.[1] A motion picture adaptation, Dust, was directed by Marion Hänsel in 1985.[1]


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1986-10-31). "Movie Review: Dust (1985)". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-01.  


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