The Zebra Affaire

The Zebra Affaire by Mark Fine
‘The Zebra Affaire’ by Mark Fine


PASSION FACES NAKED PREJUDICE as Elsa and Stanwell are hunted down by a maniacal agent bent on enforcing the dictates of a racist regime. Set in the go-go seventies, with rioting students and warring tribes South Africa is already in turmoil, but the couple’s forbidden affaire is believed to threaten the gold-rich nation’s future–and they must be stopped. SPRING 1976. A black man from Malawi and a white woman of Afrikaner heritage made an unlikely union that shocks the nation. No government should have the right to interfere in the love between two people, but that’s not the case in apartheid South Africa. Elsa and Stanwell’s illicit romance threatens the strictly controlled racist doctrines of the regime, and orders are given to stop them. Harried by the brutal Security Branch eager to destroy them, the desperate couple fight a sometimes lonely battle against the forces of segregation and tribal mistrust.

All sides across the color-divide are represented in a great canvas embodying the South African experience; from the AngloBoer War at the turn of the last century to the bloody 1976 Soweto Riots, and from a mine one-mile deep beneath the CIty of Gold to the harsh wilds of the African bush. In this compelling and vivid story of an interracial couple’s painful journey in an unaccepting world, the guilt, cruelty, and hypocrisy of their fellow citizens are exposed; as the nation wages a deadly struggle for freedom . . . and eventual redemption in the guise of prisoner #46664, Nelson Mandela. For comments and questions:,,, Twitter: @MarkFine_author