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Klassiek reeks: Hierdie lewe | General Fiction

Karel Schoeman

Human & Rousseau

CNA Prize (1994)
Hertzog Prize for Prose (1995)


Hierdie lewe
is a beautifully written, evocative account of the life of a woman who lived in the Roggeveld in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

On her deathbed she recalls a life of isolation and loneliness, her role that of a witness. Witness to the events in her family – the effect of her mother’s increasingly overbearing behaviour; the relationship between her two brothers and the young woman they both loved.

The woman’s hesitant, faltering reminiscing is an attempt to understand the injustices (e.g. the eviction of “coloureds” from land they had occupied for generations), and to unravel the secrets behind the events which led to the death of one of her brothers. The novel is a delicate and subtle web of emotions, a narrative of almost hypnotic power which draws the reader into “this life”.

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Klassiek reeks: Hierdie lewe | General Fiction


Author: Karel Schoeman
Category: General Fiction
ISBN: 9780798142847
Date Released: 03 June 2003
Price (incl. VAT): R 250.00
Format: Softcover, 200 pp

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Karel Schoeman


Karel Schoeman was born on 26 October 1939 in Trompsburg in the Free State. He matriculated in 1956 at Paarl Boys' High School. In 1959 he obtains a BA degree...

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