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Harry Kalmer
Biographical info

Harry Kalmer already has 23 plays to his credit, in addition to which he has also produced six works of fiction. En die lekkerste deel van dood wees was the runner-up in the Sanlam / Insig Groot Romankompetisie (2007).

Briewe aan ’n rooi dak, which is based on the letters Magdalena Otto left behind, received the Anglo-Gold Aardklop award for the best new Afrikaans drama in 2001 and was adapted for TV and broadcast. The author released a limited number of copies of this title – each one handmade.

Books still in print

'n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg: 'n stadsroman, Tafelberg (2014)
, Tafelberg (2012) 
En die lekkerste deel van dood wees, Tafelberg (2007)


Dawie Malan Dalro Award for best new South African drama (1990) – Antjie Somers and I
Vita Potpourri Merit Prize (1992) – They say Heaven is like TV
Anglo-Gold Smeltkroes Prize for best new South African drama (2001) – Briewe aan ’n rooi dak

List of published works


1989 Die waarheid en ander stories (short stories)
1993 X-Ray Visagie en die Vingers van God (novel)
1998 Die man met die dertien kinders (novel)
1998 Kniediep (novel)
2005 Briewe aan ’n rooi dak (novel)
2006 Groceries: 56 stories oor huishoudelike produkte (short stories)
2007 En die lekkerste deel van dood wees (novel)
2012 Vlieger (short stories)
2014 'n Duisend stories oor Johannesburg: 'n stadsroman

Books By This Author