Discursive patterns in Brandwaterkom by Alexander Strachan

The recently published and prizewinning novel Brandwaterkom is vintage Strachan with an intricate structure, imbedded stories and a whole network of allusions. Typical of postmodernist writing, the relationship between fact and fiction, historiography and the novel is problematized. The primary narr...

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Published in: Tydskrif vir letterkunde Vol. 53; no. 1; pp. 222 - 242
Main Author: Van Coller, H.P
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Assosiasie 01-01-2016
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Summary: The recently published and prizewinning novel Brandwaterkom is vintage Strachan with an intricate structure, imbedded stories and a whole network of allusions. Typical of postmodernist writing, the relationship between fact and fiction, historiography and the novel is problematized. The primary narrator is a Hermes-figure who constantly reflects upon the narrative in metafictional fashion, questioning and even belittling his own omniscience and omnipotence as narrator. The main story centres on Fanie Vilonel, a traitor during the Boer War, and the motif of treachery is central in the story, discourse and narration.
ISSN: 0041-476X
2309-9070
DOI: 10.4314/tvl.v.53i1.16