The Master’s Ruse

The Master’s Ruse


The Master’s Ruse

By Patricia Schonstein

ISBN 978-1-874915-164

Set in a future time when the sea is biologically dead, in a country governed by a regime opposed to literature and free speech, The Master’s Ruse is the surrealist narrative of an aging author compromised by harsh laws governing literary freedom.

The Master’s Ruse has the texture and cadence of ancient fables”

~ Oprah Magazine

Stark, searing and eloquent, this novel, cast as an allegorical masterclass and as a memoir of authorship and conscience, reflects on the crafting of fiction and the creative scaffolding that supports it.

It laments the desecration of the earth’s fragile infrastructure and considers the power of fiction as a tool for peace.

“Schonstein confronts rock-hard issues with this dreamily allegorical, surreal, apocalyptic tale. Her writing is poetically appealing, clear and clever. She is fast becoming one of South Africa’s top writers”

~ Die Burger

“Even though Patricia does not shrink from exposing the dark and often terrifying realities of our society with utmost honesty, a thread of redemption, peace, hope and light weaves through her narrative.”

~ Carel Anthonissen, Die Burger

“The Master’s Ruse, with its mystical aura and apocalyptic vision, is mesmerizing, poetic and beautifully written.”

~ Ute Ben Yosef, Librarian, Jacob Gitlin Library, Cape Town

“The Master’s Ruse is an intriguing, decoratively furnished novel.”

~ Gorry Bowes-Taylor, Fine Music Radio Book Choice, Cape Town

“The Master’s Ruse boldly reveals the big issues of environmental destruction and political dictatorship.”

~ Gillian Warren-Brown, The Weekender

“A literary feast – colourful, lyrical, filmic, beautifully woven and beautifully visual.”

~ Nancy Richards, SABC

“The Master’s Ruse has a strong aura of timelessness and universality. Its probing of the novelist’s creative process is deeply illuminating.”

~ David Pike, The Sunday Times

“The Master’s Ruse is a unique addition to South African literature and as such should be widely read.”

~ Alex Smith, Books SA

“A challenging, surrealist narrative.”

~ Bronwen Dyke, The Big Issue

“A sensational, stunning and gripping novel. A great piece of writing.”

~ David Friedland, Poet

Additional information

Weight 218 g
Dimensions 20.5 × 13.6 × 1.2 cm







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