A Mouthful Of Glass

Henk van Woerden

Published: 10 August 2000
Hardback, B Format
129x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781862073838

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Published: 31 August 2001
Paperback, B Format
126x198mm, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781862074422

Translated by Dan Jacobson


A short, tough story of an assassin - the man who killed Hendrick Verwoerd, the racist prime minister of South Africa, in 1966. The killer was a man lost between the races, maddened by not knowing who or what he was. Born in Mozambique of a Greek father and African mother, Demitrios Tsafendas thought he was white until his father abandoned him. He then discovered that he was 'coloured'. He spent twenty-five years wandering the world looking for a home, growing stranger and more desperate. In 1965 he arrived in South Africa and got a job in the parliament building - a job reserved for whites. Then he bought a knife.

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Henk van Woerden was a painter and the author of four novels, including A Mouthful of Glass. He spent his childhood in South Africa. Recently living in Amsterdam, he was highly regarded in the Netherlands, where he died in 2005. More about the author

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