Charles van Onselen is an acclaimed biographer who has held visiting fellowships at Cambridge, Oxford, and Yale. His works on the social history of southern Africa have won him, among others, the American African Studies Association's Herskovits Prize, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies' Trevor Reese Memorial Prize, and the Sunday Times' Alan Paton Award for nonfiction. He is currently research professor in the faculty of humanities at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
"In ''The Fox and the Flies, '' Charles van Onselen, a South African historian, stalks Lis every step of the way. As single-minded as Inspector Javert, he pursues his prey from cradle to grave, amassing a thick dossier so detailed, and so obsessive, that the reader ends up unsure who is the greater wonder, Lis or the author of this profoundly strange book."--William Grimes, "The New York Times"