191pp., paperback, First English Language Edition, Cape Town, 2019
First published in Dutch in 2009 as Die Sneeuwslaper. First published in Afrikaans in 2010 as Die Sneeuslaper.
Four interconnected tales about friendship, set in Amsterdam and Cape Town.
Marlene van Niekerk's debut poetry volume, Sprokkelste (1977), was awarded both the Eugène Marais Prize and the Ingrid Jonker Prize. Her first novel, Triomf (1995), was awarded the Noma Prize for the best publication from Africa. Her next novel, Agaat (2004), won six awards, including the Hertzog Prize for prose. The English translation won the Sunday Times Literary Award. Currently she is Professor of Afrikaans and Dutch literature and creative writing at the University of Stellenbosch.