Die aanspraak van lewende wesens | General Fiction
WA Hofmeyr Prize (2013), Hertzog Prize for prose (2013), NB-Uitgewers Groot Romankompetisie (2012), M-Net Prize (2013) and the University of Johannesburg Prize (2013)
Comical, moving, meditative, liberating! This kick-ass novel offers a piercing look at two parallel journeys: a man and a woman each searching for the cause of a brother and a sister’s downfall.
After a disturbing call from a certain Josias Brandt, Karl Hofmeyr reluctantly sets off to assist his brother, Iggy, who seems to have gone off his head. But Karl – heavy-metal fan de luxe – is delayed by his many crippling obsessions.
Maria Volschenk is unexpectedly overcome by a vast sense of emptiness. In an attempt to avert this threatening void she travels to the Western Cape on a mission she has been putting off for months. The two storylines converge at an unlikely city farm in Cape Town, where the brother, Ignatius Hofmeyr, is involved in a bitter conflict with the sinister Brandt fellow.
Praise from the judges:
The novel’s strength lies in its dense texture ... it achieves an extraordinary complexity.” – Louise Viljoen
“The use of language is very exciting – at times hilarious, always incisive, always suited to the subject.” – Willie Burger
“What stays with the reader is the novel’s struggle for new dimensions of the mind and the spirit. A novel which will be a lasting point of reference in Afrikaans literature.” – Linda Rode