Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland

Olive Schreiner

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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

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".