Justin Cartwright

(b. 1945)

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(1945– ),

novelist and screenwriter, born in South Africa, and educated at Oxford. His works cast an oblique light on late 20th‐cent. civilization. Interior (1988) is an exploration‐quest novel set in a fictitious African state, where Tim Curtiz looks for his missing journalist father. Freedom for the Wolves (1983), also set in Africa, interweaves the historical past of C. J. Rhodes and Rider Haggard with the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. In Look at It This Way (1990) Curtiz reappears as a cultural columnist, in a sharp, satiric view of London life in the later 1980s. Masai Dreaming (1993) takes Curtiz back to Africa in search of material for a screenplay about a French‐Jewish ethnologist. In Every Face I Meet (1995) is a tragi‐comic portrait of London at the time of Nelson Mandela's release. Both Leading the Cheers (1998, based on a school reunion) and The Promise of Happiness (2004, a tense family drama) contrast cultural expectations on either side of the Atlantic, with a sharp eye for contemporary detail.

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