Skrapnel, Willem Anker : book review

The play by Willem Anker, Skrapnel (loosely translated as Shrapnel) tells the story of the death of a young man (Y) after the suicide bomber attack on 7 July on the public transport system in London, 2005. The characters become stereotypes of the young, disillusioned South African generation of the...

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Published in: South African theatre journal Vol. 26; no. 1; pp. 105 - 107
Main Author: Van Jaarsveld, Anthea
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Published: Taylor & Francis 01-01-2012
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Summary: The play by Willem Anker, Skrapnel (loosely translated as Shrapnel) tells the story of the death of a young man (Y) after the suicide bomber attack on 7 July on the public transport system in London, 2005. The characters become stereotypes of the young, disillusioned South African generation of the 20th century. The characters are unsure of their future and their relationships with their country and even their parents. Van Jaarsveld finds the play an entangled piece of writing, with surprising twists and turns and many meta-textual references and excessive metaphors. Nevertheless, Skrapnel is a play that will not leave the reader unsatisfied.
ISSN: 1013-7548
2163-7660
DOI: 10.1080/10137548.2012.754086