Norman Rush

Norman Rush is an American author known for his intricate novels set primarily in Botswana. His notable works include 'Mating', which won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1991, and 'Mortals'. Rush's writing is characterized by its deep psychological insight, exploration of political and cultural themes, and vivid portrayal of life in southern Africa.


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  1. 1. Mortals

    "Mortals" is a complex narrative about a Milton scholar and CIA operative named Ray Finch stationed in Botswana. The story explores his personal struggles with his marriage, his brother's death, and his professional life. The narrative also delves into his philosophical and psychological musings, providing a deep exploration of his character. The book presents a rich tapestry of African politics, CIA covert operations, and the human condition, all set against the backdrop of Botswana.

  2. 2. Mating

    "Mating" is a novel that follows the story of a female anthropologist who is doing her fieldwork in Botswana. She falls in love with an eccentric and charismatic intellectual who has created a utopian matriarchal village in the Kalahari desert. The narrative explores themes of love, feminism, and idealism as it delves into the complexities of human relationships and societal structures.