Olive Schreiner was a South African author, anti-war campaigner, Feminist and intellectual. She is best known for her novel The story of an African Farm which has been highly acclaimed.
Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland (1897)' is the only fictional work by Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) to concern itself with the treatment of the black Africans by the European settlers of southern Africa. ("Mashonaland," later Rhodesia, is now Zimbabwe.)
Trooper Halket, the protagonist, is an Englishman who gets lost in the veld and spends the night out. He is barely twenty, simple and naive. The powerful indictment of British imperialism begins immediately but casually: Peter, though alone in the dark, is not afraid of the "natives" for "their kraals had been destroyed and their granaries burnt for thirty miles round". He remembers the nights of military comradeship around the camp fire "talking of the niggers they had shot or the kraals they had destroyed".