Klassiek reeks: Ek stamel ek sterwe | General Fiction
WA Hofmeyr Prize (1996)
Konstant Wasserman rebels against his people, culture and country. In his own words: I’m going to get the hell away from here and make the life I want somewhere else.
Thus he migrates to Sydney, Australia where he slips into a new way of life: a vegetarian diet, a crazy hairstyle and an adventure with the sexually ambivalent Jude. With this “dark horse” of his he arrives at places where he’d never wanted to go.
In the Wollondilly wilderness west of Sydney he discovers the first symptoms of a terminal disease. Now his real journey starts.
In a language rich with innuendo, textual references and streams-of-consciousness a South African boy in diaspora tells his story in the first person singular and takes the reader along up to his very last breath.
One of the most moving novels about dying in Afrikaans. A lush and virtuosic text.