Alan Stewart Paton.
South African educator, politician, anti-Apartheid activist and writer, born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal. Both his fiction and non-fiction reflected his social concerns and the need for tolerance in a multi-racial society. His memory is honored by the annual Alan Paton Award for non-fiction, established in 1989.
Cry, the Beloved Country.
The novel details black pastor Steven Kumalo's search for his sister Gertrude and son Absalom, both of whom have been lost in the amoral and impoverished wasteland of lower class Johannesburg. His story is paralleled by that of his white neighbor James Jarvis, whose activist son has been murdered by Absalom. Returning home without their children, the two fathers join together to improve conditions in Kumalo's village. Adapted to film in 1951 to Paton's own screenplay, and again in 1995, and to the stage in 2003 and 2004; it was also the basis of Kurt Weill's musical "Lost in the Stars," first produced in 1949 and filmed in 1974.
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