Etienne van Heerden : mooi loop met die woorde

Etienne van Heerden : careful with the words! The literary press received Etienne van Heerden's recent novel In stede van die liefde (Instead of love; In cities of love, 2005) positively. The Afrikaans cultural organisation, the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), for instance awarded...

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Published in: Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 43; no. 2; pp. 91 - 106
Main Author: Grebe, H.P
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: South Africa Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Assosiasie 01-01-2006
Tydskrif vir letterkunde Society, University of Pretoria
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Summary: Etienne van Heerden : careful with the words! The literary press received Etienne van Heerden's recent novel In stede van die liefde (Instead of love; In cities of love, 2005) positively. The Afrikaans cultural organisation, the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging), for instance awarded the novel its 2005 prize for excellent popular prose. Nonetheless, not all is what it seems. Some literary critics rather hesitantly suggested that Van Heerden's narration and style were less fluent than his previous novels. This article aims to uncover the reasons for these reservations by looking into the author's use of the Afrikaans language. The paper suggests that the novel could have been edited more thoroughly. The numerous language errors and idiosyncrasies in the text mar what should have been a fascinating reading experience.
ISSN: 0041-476X
2309-9070