The short and terrible story with which Nobel Prize winner Coetzee made his debut. The book joins together two novellas in a way similar to how Francis Coppola joined together the Vietnam war and the "taming of darkness".
The first part is about the insanity of a RAND corp propaganda expert. It is hard to understand this novella except as some sort of political allegory and condemnation of the Vietnam war.
The second part is the chronicle of a Dutch colonizer of South Africa, who in year 1760 travels further north into the African wilderness than any other white man has done. In search of elephants, he meets with suspicious Hottentots, falls ill, experiences threats and humiliation and returns a year later to inflict punishment on the same Hottentots.
Dusklands is a short but not undemanding read, it leaves you with questions and conflicting thoughts. I liked it a lot despite the sometimes sickening descriptions of violence and terror,