WritersSpeak is pleased to host Etienne van Heerden to talk about his latest book, 30 Nights in Amsterdam.
ABOUT THE BOOK
30 Nights in Amsterdam (translated from the Afrikaans by Michiel Heyns) follows Henk Andreas de Melker, a lowly museum assistant from a small town in the Eastern Cape who is unexpectedly informed that he is the sole beneficiary of his late, long-lost Aunt Zan’s estate. He must travel to Amsterdam, where his beautiful but eccentric aunt had spent her final years, to acquire this fortune. Aunt Zan was an extraordinary woman, prone to seizures and extremely unsociable behaviour … but her “other life” – her political activism, her acting ability and her involvement in cloak-and-dagger scenarios – was known to very few. Upon Henk’s arrival in Amsterdam his own life becomes inextricably bound to that of his late aunt. And over the next thirty nights in Holland’s capital city many secrets will be revealed and Henk will return to South Africa a changed man.
Etienne van Heerden was first published in 1978 and his works have since been published in twelve languages and sold all over the world. He studied law, qualified as an attorney and later moved to writing and teaching. He was a member of a group of Afrikaans writers secretly meeting exiled ANC members in the 1980s. Etienne is the founding editor of the cultural website LitNet and now works as a professor at UCT, where he lectures on literature, literary theory and creative writing.
Michiel Heyns has written several novels; his latest one, Bodies Politic, won the 2009 Herman Charles Bosman Award for English Fiction. He won the English Academy’s Sol Plaatje Award for Translating (2008) as well as the South African Translators’ Institute Award for a Literary Translation for his translation of Agaat.
When: Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Address: Club 2 Centre, 22 Dely Road, Brooklyn
Time: 12:00 for 12:30
Cost: R220 for members and R260 for non-members. (The price includes a three-course meal, complimentary wine provided by Leopard’s Leap and a treat from the Wings Group.)
Booking confirmation on receipt of payment on a first come first served basis.
To book your seat, call Megan on (012) 667-1071 or 083 556 1899!
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PLUS YOU COULD WIN:
A copy of 30 Nights in Amsterdam
up for grabs. (You have to be present at the luncheon to claim your prize.)