Bloedfamilie | Short Stories & Fiction Anthologies
Human & Rousseau
Jan Rabie Rapport Prize for the best debut or early work 2013
In this debut short story collection, the unity created by the underlying connections between individual stories is used as a strengthening technique.
It forms a thematic unity, but also a recurring similarity of situation and characters, for example, two sisters of whom one is prettier and more likeable, a family’s clichéd expressions and mannerisms, a problematic relationship with the mother, divorced and remarried parents, the mother’s dogs, lesbian relationships, and the inability to fit into the conventional family setup.
A reader described the stories as stylistically and technically brilliant, with powerful and sparkling dialogue and image rich milieu creation.