Marlene Van Niekerk's Agaat PDF

By Marlene Van Niekerk

ISBN-10: 0982503091

ISBN-13: 9780982503096

Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the original dating among Milla, a 67-year-old white lady, and her black maidservant grew to become caretaker, Agaat. via flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns approximately Milla's prior. lifestyles for white farmers in Nineteen Fifties South Africa used to be filled with promise — younger and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her personal farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. 40 years later her relatives has fallen aside, the rustic she knew is on the point of large swap, and all she has left are thoughts and her proud, opposite, but affectionate mum or dad. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a narrative of affection and kinfolk loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday instances Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was once translated because the method of the ladies by means of Michiel Heyns, who bought the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.

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She thought better of it. Ten pages she had to turn over. On every page her eyes took in the contents. Funeral arrangements to date. She wants to create work for herself. And for me. She opened the clip and pulled out a clean sheet from underneath and slid it in on top. She let the clip snap shut loudly, tsk-ed again with her tongue. Then she made a great show of burrowing in the dresser drawer for a pen, every gesture exaggeratedly emphatic. In the mirror I could see her pushing up her sleeve and testing the pen on the back of the little feeble hand.

So what do you want me to have inscribed on your headstone, Ounooi? And then God saw that it was good? Yes or no I can signal. Or I can close my eyes. She hauled out the clipboard from the lowest half-empty rack of the bookshelf. Tsk. The books fell over. She had to go on her knees to set them upright again. Shiny jackets and old canvas covers. Some of them were still my mother’s. I threw out most of them in my great clearing-out. Agaat kept them. As she kept the diaries. She recited the titles as she put them back.

Translations for wolfneusgewels, rûens, droëland, drif: jerkin-head gables, ridges, dry farming-land, crossing. Prosaic. Devise something: wolfnosed gables, humpbacked hills, dryland, drift. Always the laughter at the office, good-natured, collegial, at my attempts: grove of whispering poplars. I romanticise, they say. Quite a fan of the homely hymn, that’s true. Homesick for the melody and so on. But that’s only the half of it. The rest is granular precision, unsingable intervals. Charon with passenger list.

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