‘Rooted’ contains a collection of short stories by South African writer David Robbins. The characters depicted are mid-20th century Afrikaners caught in the often-brutal processes of urbanisation; but their situations will remain universal for as long as people are compelled by socio-economic circumstances to move from countryside to city.
‘Rooted’ will appeal to readers with an interest in beautifully rendered pieces in the short-story genre. The theme of urbanisation continues to dominate the world of the 21st century. In that sense the stories retain their topicality while at the same time providing an intimate look at specific historical realities.
Afrikaner urbanisation was a theme, admits the author in his introduction that set fire to his imagination when he was young.