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Onderhoude | Interviews


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ABSA Chain: Abraham H de Vries in conversation with Mike Nicol
Abraham H de Vries - 2006-07-30
Abraham H de Vries slightly changed the context of the questions put to him by Kole Omotosho, and asked the same questions to Mike Nicol: Why is there no humanist tradition in South African English literature? Can you combine the writing of poetry with slave trading? The way white writing envisaged the end of apartheid is different from the way black writing did. Is it impossible for writing to prevent the racist slant of the writer, given that writing...

ABSA Chain: Mike Nicol in conversation with Deon Meyer
Deon Meyer - 2006-07-30
The genres - crime, thrillers, historical romance, etc - haven't attracted many proponents over recent decades in SA (probably for obvious reasons, at least as far as cop stories were concerned), but it could be that we are maturing and this might be set to change. A crime novel, you could argue, is about as cool as it gets these days, but why aren't there more people doing it? The good news is that this is changing. I was invited to speak at a crime-writing seminar in Gauteng last year, and...

ABSA Ketting: Deon Meyer se vrae aan Chanette Paul-Hughes
Chanette Paul - 2006-07-30
Jy het al bewys dat dit moontlik is om 'n broodwinnersbestaan te maak uit die Afrikaanse boek. Wat is jou geheim? Ek móés! Wanneer die nood druk en jy jou eie potjie moet leer krap op middeljarige ouderdom, kom jy agter dat nood nie net leer bid nie, maar ook leer planne maak. Geheim? Eintlik is dit net common sense, maar "geheim" klink darem soveel lekkerder. Ek maak nie net uit skryf self 'n bestaan nie - hier ter lande is dit nog nie ons gewone sterflinge beskore...

ABSA Ketting: Chanette Paul-Hughes in gesprek met Jan van Tonder
Jan van Tonder - 2006-07-30
Jan, jy het die literêre wêreld "verras" met Roepman. Is jý verras met die positiewe, selfs gloeiende, resensies en wonderlike terugvoer van lesers? Die feit dat Roepman vertaal gaan word? Dink jy jy sal nou uiteindelik 'n volwaardige plek in die literatuurgeskiedenis haal? Ek was so lank stil na Die Kind dat die mense dalk meer verras was oor die feit dat ek nog lééf, eerder as oor Roepman as sodanig. Op 'n meer ernstige noot: ek was verras, ja, en...

ABSA Ketting: Jan van Tonder gesels met Nanette van Rooyen
Nanette van Rooyen - 2006-07-30
Jy't 'n jaar of drie gelede 'n vonkfiksieprys gewen vir jou merkwaardige kort-kortverhaal "Tollie Hans". Jy het verskeie kinderverhale gepubliseer. 'n Kortverhaalbundel, Om te vlerk, het uit jou pen verskyn. En nou is jou eerste roman reeds in gevorderde stadium. Span jy verskillende "skrywers" binne jou vir die verskillende genres in? Wanneer 'n idee my beetpak, handel ek volgens sy asemhaling. Instink bepaal aanvanklik hoe en waar ek my woorde sal inspan. In my onderbewussyn...

ABSA Ketting: Nanette van Rooyen gesels met Carina Diedericks-Hugo
Nanette van Rooyen - 2006-07-30
As skrywer van jeugboeke het jy 'n uitdaging aanvaar wat die meeste van ons kopsku voor is. Hoe hou jy jou vinger op 'n tiener se pols? Ek is gelukkig dat een van my pligstate by Human & Rousseau jeugleesaksies is. Dit beteken dat ek weekliks by laer- en hoërskole moet optree. Ek kom dus gereeld in kontak met baie jongmense landswyd. 'n Mens moet wel ook moeite om uit te vind waarvan jongmense hou, die musiek waarna hulle luister, hul kleresmaak en veral die manier waarop hulle praat....

ABSA Ketting: Carina Diedericks-Hugo gesels met Daniel Hugo
Carina Diedericks-Hugo - 2006-07-30
Jy het in 1981 saam met Etienne van Heerden, André le Roux du Toit (Koos Kombuis) en Peter Snyders gedebuteer in Brekfis met vier. Hoe verskil die Afrikaanse literêre toneel van destyds met die situasie vandag? Destyds was daar staatsensuur wat selfs digters getref het. Breyten Breytenbach se Skryt van 1972 is (om politieke redes) verbied, so ook my universiteitsvriend André le Roux se Struisbaai-blues van 1977 (om godsdienstige redes). Daardie benouende tyd is goddank,...

ABSA Ketting: Daniel Hugo gesels met Herman Wasserman
Daniel Hugo - 2006-07-30
Jy het twee kortverhaalbundels die lig laat sien. Sluit jy doelbewus by buitelandse modelle aan of skryf jy oorwegend binne die Afrikaanse tradisie? Ek dink ek skryf oorwegend binne die Afrikaanse tradisie. Ek lees wel graag kortverhale van buitelandse skrywers, maar ek wil tog ook 'n gesprek aanknoop met Afrikaanse skrywers. In my vorige bundel, Aan die ander kant van die stad, het ek byvoorbeeld probeer om aanknoping te vind by motiewe en temas uit die plaastradisie in die Afrikaanse letterkunde....

ABSA Chain: Herman Wasserman in conversation with Damon Galgut
Damon Galgut - 2006-07-30
Has being nominated for the Booker Prize changed the way you think about your work as a writer? No. It's probably changed the way other people think about it. For me, the books remain the same - cause for both embarrassment and pride. Your earlier work has just been republished by Penguin. Upon reading The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs and especially Small Circle of Beings, both written in the late 80s / early nineties, I was struck by how the most intimate lives of your characters...

ABSA Chain: Damon Galgut in conversation with Zakes Mda
Damon Galgut - 2006-07-30
Although you spend a lot of time here, your permanent home base is in the USA. How does that distance affect the way you see South Africa? Do you feel freer to let your imagination loose? I regard myself as a migrant worker in America. I am free to let my imagination loose anywhere I am, Damon. I spend seven months of the year in the USA and five in South Africa. However I do a lot of travelling, mostly in Europe. I write wherever I am: in the plane, at the train station or in the hotel room....

ABSA Chain: Zakes Mda in conversation with Mike Nicol
Mike Nicol - 2006-07-30
Most of our highly engaging and productive writers come from (or have spent a significant part of their writing lives in) Cape Town. What makes the Cape Town literary scene so vibrant? Is it something in the water? Would you say there is a Cape Town literature? What are its defining characteristics? Definitely something in the water, like sharks. Seriously, though, in the 1970s Johannesburg was the literary capital of the country: it had the most vibrant literary magazines, Staffrider being...

ABSA Chain: Mike Nicol in conversation with Tim Couzens
Tim Couzens - 2006-07-30
Introduction: More and more I have become convinced that I come from an alien planet. One of the symptoms of this intimation is the aversion to sections of the electronic media, including e-mail and cellphones, which promote endless meaningless chatter and from which emanate peremptory, even minatory, calls on one’s time and attention. Forward thinking is a thing of the past: job references, for instance, are asked for with a casual, “And, oh, by the way, applications close tomorrow...

ABSA Chain: Tim Couzens in conversation with Jo-Anne Richards
Jo-Anne Richards - 2006-07-30
In real life you have a wonderful way of telling an anecdote or story - quiet but very funny. Do you try to carry this over into your novels? And how does humour fit into your life and writing? And there I thought our conversations were in deadly earnest. Actually, it's quite hard to answer a question that contains an element of praise without sounding above oneself. But thanks. I'm told I tell anecdotes in long, slow curves. I suppose this means I speak as most people write - building the narrative...

ABSA Chain: Jo-Anne Richards in conversation with Athol Fugard
Athol Fugard - 2006-07-28
Ever since I was taken to see Boesman and Lena at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth as a child, Athol Fugard has been a major influence on me. I felt an affinity for what he wrote about, and the way he portrayed his characters. And as a PE person, born and bred, I felt a strong sense of kinship with him. So when I was asked to choose another sacrificial victim, he was my first choice. You project a strong sense of place in your work. Do you think that growing up in the Eastern Cape...

ABSA Chain: Athol Fugard in conversation with André P Brink
André P Brink - 2006-07-28
Dear André Rather silly for two old veterans like us to be relating to each other from the ends of a silly little “chain”, but here goes. As someone who has admired you over the years both as a man and an artist I would like to start my five questions with two personal ones. What is the first or one of the first memories you have from your childhood? And if you can find it, could you share with me the details? How “relevant” the memory is I honestly don’t...

ABSA Ketting: Abraham H de Vries gesels met Hennie Aucamp
Abraham H de Vries - 2006-07-28
Ek wil graag wegstuur van die gewone vrae en jou probeer uitlok. Wat het jy van die dae van jou Wimpie-verhale af tot nou toe met die skryfwerk self geleer? Van die kortverhaal, ja, maar ook in breër verband, want ons skryf mos nie net om iets oor skryf te leer nie. Daar is twee reëls van DH Lawrence wat dikwels by my spook: “Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.” Dis die verhaal self wat besluit wanneer en hoe hy vertel wil word. Wanneer ons vassteek met die skryf van...

ABSA Ketting: Hennie Aucamp gesels met Johann de Lange
Johann de Lange - 2006-07-28
Ek glo dat 'n skrywer aanwesig is in alles wat hy skryf, van 'n resensie tot 'n gedig. Is jou “ander selwe” voelbaar bewus van mekaar, of meer prakties gestel: leer De Lange, die digter, van De Lange die kortverhaalskrywer, en omgekeerd? Ek het betreklik laat die kortverhaal in alle erns begin beoefen. Dit was altyd die poësie wat 'n sentrale plek in my lewe ingeneem het. Ek herinner my egter dat ek op skool al prosa geskryf het, onder aanmoediging van onderwysers. Ek was 'n...

ABSA Ketting: Johann de Lange gesels met Joan Hambidge
Johann de Lange - 2006-07-28
1. In jou artikels en in jou laaste proefskrif meng jy teorie en skeppende skryf – teorie en praktyk as ’t ware. Hoe beweeg jy tussen die kreatiewe en die akademiese wêrelde? Hoe sien jy die wisselwerking tussen die twee? Ek dink ek probeer onbewustelik hierdie grense afbreek tussen genres. Ek lees geweldig baie teorie en kritiek. En psigoanalise. Goeie letterkundige teorie, soos Harold Bloom of Derrida, kan ’n mens inspireer tot die skryf van ’n gedig. My akademiese...

ABSA Ketting: Joan Hambidge gesels met Henning Pieterse
Henning Pieterse - 2006-07-28
1. Watter rol speel musiek in jou digkuns? Musiek – my eerste liefde - is vir my die mees abstrakte kunsvorm, maar ek put baie daaruit vir gedigte: beelde ingegee deur klankkleure, tematiek rondom komponiste en spesifieke werke wat as basis dien vir verse. Strawinski se Le sacre du printemps was byvoorbeeld een van die bronne vir “Tollundman”; daar is ’n gedig oor Mozart (“Requiem vir ’n reëndag”) en oor Alban Berg se vioolkonsert, en Hindemith se Sinfonie:...

ABSA Ketting: André P Brink gesels met Abraham H de Vries
Abraham H de Vries - 2006-07-21
Ek weet dis ’n holrug ou vraag dié, maar vir iemand soos jy moet dit tog (ten spyte van die ergernis!) van kardinale betekenis wees: Waarom, vir jou, eerder kortverhaal as roman? (Teen die agtergrond, onder meer, van die feit dat jy self jou hand op ’n keer aan ’n novelle gewaag het. Met meer sukses as wat vandag se lesers mag onthou.) Die verskil tussen kortverhale en romans is, wat my betref, twee maniere van dink, André. Ek het verhale léér vertel...

''Every one of us is a little crazy at one time or another in our lives ...''
Michelle McGrane - 2006-07-21
Michelle McGrane in conversation with Rosemund Handler, author of Madlands Rosemund J Handler completed a Master's degree in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. She has published short stories in South Africa and in the United States. Madlands, Rosemund's debut novel, recently published by Penguin South Africa, is the story of bright and beautiful Carla, a bipolar disorder sufferer. The author describes Madlands as "a tale of family - of damage and the hard road to healing"....

’n Wanhopige poging om die lelike mooi te maak?
Deborah Steinmair - 2006-07-20
Flarde: 'n NovelleSkrywer: Marlize HobbsUitgewer: Genugtig ISBN: 0958460442 Publikasiedatum: 2005/3 Prys: R99.00Klik hier of op die voorblad om jou eksemplaar te koop by kalahari.net Marlize Hobbs se debuutroman, Flarde, is onlangs met die Eugène Marais-prys sowel as die RAU-prys bekroon. Die eerstepersoon-verteller in die boek is ‘n maatskaplike werker in ‘n stowwerige, afgeleë gemeenskap. Sy besweer haar eensaamheid deur aan die nimmereindigende gesprek...

''The biggest challenge is to find exciting, fresh, well-written content''
Michelle Matthews - 2006-07-03
Michelle McGrane in conversation with Michelle Matthews, publishing manager of Oshun Books Michelle Matthews graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999. She has written for various publications, including Shape, FHM and Men's Health, and worked as an editor, sub-editor and arts reporter at the Mail & Guardian, CityLife and Big Media. She was the managing editor of SL Magazine before being recruited by Struik Publishers in 2004 to develop their new women's imprint, Oshun Books. At the...


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