EILANDE

: Sleigh (D.)

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757pp., paperback, Second Edition, Cape Town, (2002) 2018

 

This historical novel covers the first fifty years of the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope and revolves around the interracial marriage between Krotoa (rechristened Eva) and fort surgeon Pieter van Meerhof, and the fate of the children from this marriage. The novel won the 2001 Sanlam/Insig/Kwela Great Novel Competition, the 2003 WA Hofmeyr Prize, the 2003 RAU Prize for Creative Writing, the 2004 M-Net Prize for Creative Writing in Afrikaans and the 2004 Helgaard Steyn Prize. It was translated into English by André Brink and published as "Islands" in 2004.

"'Eilande is nie 'n boek nie - dis 'n gebeurtenis. In hierdie onstuitbare epos word die eerste jare van die Kaapse nedersetting herroep in sewe grootse taferele uit die lewe van sewe historiese mansfigure wie se lewens op byna onnaspeurbare maniere in mekaar invloei. En om wie vloei hulle? Om die wese van 'n vrou, Pieternella, in wie se liggaam wit en bruin bloed saamgevloei het tot 'n noodlot. Hierdie sewe mans is almal deur haar aangeraak. Sy is die spilpunt van 'n genadelose geskiedenis van dood, liefde and oorlewing...As 'n mens weer uit die boek terugkeer na die lewe van vadag, is jy andersgemaak. Dit is 'n onuitputlikheid, 'n bakenboek vir ons gesamentlike geheue." Petra Müller

"There is, I think, only one word ultimately to describe 'Eilande': 'awesome'. A country that can produce a kaleidescope like this novel, with its sheer dazzling beauty and deep understanding of humanity, has most triumphantly put its colonial adolescence behind it." André Brink

Dan Sleigh is also the author of "1795" (2016), "Afstande" (2010) and "Wals met Matilda" (2011).