Marlene van Niekerk is a South African academic, novelist and poet who is best known internationally for her novels Triomf and Agaat
Marlene van Niekerk is a South African academic, novelist and poet who is best known internationally for her novels Triomf and Agaat. Her graphic and controversial descriptions of a poor Afrikaner family in Johannesburg in Triomf brought her to the forefront of a post-apartheid society still struggling to come to terms with all the changes in South Africa. This novel was made into an award-winning film, likewise called Triomf (film), in 2008, directed by Michael Raeburn.
With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.
Also by Marlene van Niekerk. The area this book makes its own, is a specifically feminine one and through that contributes to the refinement and beautification of the domestic atmosphere
Also by Marlene van Niekerk. Agaat is a hi. ghly allusive text, permeated, at times almost subliminally, with traces of Afrikaans cultural goods: songs, children’s rhymes, children’s games, hymns, idiomatic expressions, farming lore. I have as far as possible made my own translations of these, in an attempt to retain something of the sound, rhythm, register and cultural specificity of the original. The area this book makes its own, is a specifically feminine one and through that contributes to the refinement and beautification of the domestic atmosphere. Such an atmosphere distinguishes the culturally aware nation from the uncivilised.
Van Niekerk follows the widely lauded Triomf with a dark, innovative epic that trudges through the depths of a South African farmwife's soul
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Van Niekerk follows the widely lauded Triomf with a dark, innovative epic that trudges through the depths of a South African farmwife's soul. In 1947, Milla Redelinghuys is determined to turn her wealthy new husband, Jak, into the latest salt-of-the-earth farmer in her family's line. But her demands and manipulative personality cause an early marital rift that only worsens with time.
In Agaat, Marlene van Niekerk reinvents the genre of the farm novel. She presents a stark and distressing view of the Afrikaans landscape of the second half of the twentieth century: a landscape of a damaged humanity but also one of enduring hope. Originally published in Afrikaans, the English translation (translated by Michiel Heyns) of Agaat was awarded the Sunday Times Fiction Award in 2007. Marlene van Niekerk is also the author of Triomf. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.
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Marlene van Niekerk is now Professor at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University. Published in North America from Tin House Books (as Agaat) in 2010
Marlene van Niekerk is now Professor at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University. Sprokkelster (poems), 1977. Published in North America from Tin House Books (as Agaat) in 2010. Memorandum: 'n Verhaal met Prente (novel), 2006, with paintings by Adriaan van Zyl; translated as Memorandum: A Story with Pictures by Michiel Heyns, 2006. Agaat, translated by Michiel Heyns, won the Sol Plaatje Prize for Translation in 2007 References.
Marlene van Niekerk was born on 10 November 1954 on the farm .
Marlene van Niekerk was born on 10 November 1954 on the farm Tygerhoek near Caledon in the Western Cape, South Africa. She attended school in Riviersonderend and Stellenbosch, where she matriculated from Hoërskool Bloemhof. Die Sneeuslaper (short stories), 2010. Agaat won the Hertzog Prize in 2007, and its translation by Michiel Heyns, won the Sol Plaatje Prize for Translation in 2007.
"I was immediately mesmerized...Its beauty matches its depth and her achievement is as brilliant as it is haunting." --Toni MorrisonSet in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique, forty-year relationship between Milla, a sixty-seven-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. In 1950s South Africa, life for white farmers was full of promise―young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside with Agaat by her side. By the 1990s, Milla’s family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene van Niekerk creates a story about love and loyalty.
Author: Michiel Heyns,Marlene Van Niekerk
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Tin House Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
Pages: 630 pages
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