2Index general characterization Mpondo‘s past effect of his past on his present emotional and mental liferelationship towards his torturerAlex from the eyes of Dirkrelation between Alex and Sarahrelation between Alex and Stevesituation at the end of the book
3general characterization popular politicianwell-educatedstrong and smartversatileinfluenced by his feelingsdue to his past a little bit weirddeep connection between him and Stevehis motto: “Don’t mourn, mobilize.”
4Mpondo‘s past an MK operative who had buried some RPGs in the dried-up river bed outside townhe was young and naïf, he had no idea how cruelthe police could behe was imprisonedDirk was responsible for him, had done thehearings and was his torturerhe had suffered very long tough man
5effect of his past on his present emotional and mental life filled with bitternessdeep mental scaresmood swings extreme variationspolitical activitiesproblems with hometown / regionproblems to sleep welldoesn´t want to be confronted with past wants life in peaceable to drink abnormal muchcannot handle his experiences from past not able to talk about past
6relationship towards his torturer hates him calls him bastardrejection to face him no sensecannot see himDirk left him nothing, not even angerphysically revulsionhis voice follows him fearknows him well intimate and deep connectionknows his smell, what he thinks and plans likenobody elsethey are two men in oneDirk made him to a white person they are equallater does not regret coming back beginning ofhandling with the past ?!
7Alex from the eyes of Dirk first expressions after a long timesmartlooks differentthe changes cover every aspect of the manseems taller, more confident, more at ease andeven slightly fatterthe dramatic change lay entirely in his face, in hisexpressionseems to be a ladies man
8relation between Alex and Sarah Sarah tries to find the same level, but Alex doesn’tlet her approachshe has difficulties to appreciate him at thebeginningAlex is all the time attractive for Sarahfirst there is an unpredictable distance betweenthem but then their relation gets closer
9Relation between Alex and Steve Alex hadn’t thought about Steve in a long time to save himself and to forget Steve had been a friend, a part of him like a brother Alex finds it almost impossible to summon up Steve’s image It’s also his own need to lay Steve to rest Alex still mourns Steve James blames Alex that Steve had gone astray Alex has a bad conscience thinks that hisbetrayal ended in Steve’s death, this insecurity plagues him
10situation at the end of the book the hearings afflicted him hard couldn’t eat,sleep and couldn’t go onhe was sad, tired and vulnerablehe felt like a victim but later he is seen as a herothe end of the hearings seemed to be thebeginning of a new peaceful life for him he seems to come to terms with himself !Hat später Dirk verhört, deswegen hero….