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 courting among Milla, a 67-year-old white girl, and her black maidservant grew to become caretaker, Agaat. via flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns approximately Milla's previous. lifestyles for white farmers in Fifties South Africa was once packed 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 near to 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 relatives loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday occasions Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was once translated because the manner of the ladies by means of Michiel Heyns, who got the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.

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Such matters would not interest them, Mother. I could see their attention straying from the details, the topography of my first world, the thin, unsteady lines leading there, to your yard, Grootmoedersdrift. A little further down next to the drift, on the road’s side, the labourers’ cottages. Dawid, would he still be there? Next to the turn-off to the farm, in the first of the cottages on the bank of the furrow? Black fireplace and tin guitar. Wire-car world. White bone-whistle in exchange for a Dinky Toy.

Gyrinus natans. The question always bothered me: What happens to the whirligigs, the little writers on water, when there is no water? Such matters would not interest them, Mother. I could see their attention straying from the details, the topography of my first world, the thin, unsteady lines leading there, to your yard, Grootmoedersdrift. A little further down next to the drift, on the road’s side, the labourers’ cottages. Dawid, would he still be there? Next to the turn-off to the farm, in the first of the cottages on the bank of the furrow?

I can hear what her footsteps sound like. I can adjust myself. My bedroom door was the last door she unscrewed. The other doors in the house disappeared one by one. So that Ounooi shouldn’t have to turn doorknobs, so that Ounooi can get in and out easily with her walking sticks and her walking frame and her wheelchair, she said. But that was just one half of the reason. The other half is her own problem, Agaat doesn’t like closed doors. And she doesn’t like cluttered surfaces. She carried in a melamine surface on trestles and on that everything we need is arranged in rows and piles against the wall.

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