In the Heart of the Country

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In the Heart of the Country
First US edition
Author J. M. Coetzee
Country South Africa
Language English
Publisher Harper & Row (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 139
ISBN 0-09-946594-9
OCLC 56467689

In the Heart of the Country (1977) is an early novel by South African-born Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee.

Delving into the complex relationships that form between the colonizer and the colonized, it takes place on an isolated farm in South Africa, and is told through the perspective of an unmarried white woman who takes care of her father. She clashes with him when he takes an African mistress, causing a rift that leads towards vengeance, violence and a muddling of her own relationship with the farm workers. Frequently events are re-told by her with a different outcome.[1]

The book's title was changed to From the Heart of the Country upon publication in the U.S.A.[2]

Marion Hänsel directed a motion picture adaptation, Dust, in 1985.[2]


  1. ^ "Heart of the Country (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b Maslin, Janet (1986-10-31). "Movie Review: Dust (1985)". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-01.