Way of the Women by Marlene van Niekerk
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Way of the Women
By Marlene van Niekerk

The Way of the Women

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Way of the Women by Marlene van Niekerk

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2008.

Book Description

How can you speak when speech has been taken away? When the only person listening refuses to understand? Milla, trapped in silence by a deadly paralysing illness, confined to her bed, struggles to make herself heard by her maidservant and now nurse, Agaat. Contrary, controlling, proud, secretly affectionate, the two women, servant and mistress, are more than matched. Life for white farmers like Milla in the South Africa of the 1950s was full of promise - newly married, her future held the thrilling challenges of creating her own farm and perhaps one day raising children. Forty years later, the world Milla knew is as if seen in a mirror, and all she has left are memories and diaries. As death draws near, she looks back on good intentions and soured dreams, on a brutal marriage and a longed-for only son scarred by his parents' battles, and on a lifetime's tug-of-war with Agaat. As Milla's old white world recedes, in the new South Africa her guardian's future is ever more filled with the prospect of freedom. Marlene van Niekerk's is a stunning new literary voice from South Africa, to compare to J.M. Coetzee and Nadine Gordimer.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780316854399
ISBN-10: 0316854395
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Marlene van Niekerk

Agaat by Marlene van Niekerk Agaat, Paperback / softback (April 2010)

Set in apartheid-era South Africa, "Agaat" portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat.

Way of the Women by Marlene van Niekerk Way of the Women, Paperback (December 2008)

* A dramatic and compelling portrait of two women's lifelong relationship set against the backdrop of half a century of apartheid in South Africa

Triomf by Marlene van Niekerk Triomf, Paperback (September 2000)

* The paperback publication of a significant literary debut from a striking new talent * Offers a fresh perspective on South African life: neither black nor rich white, but the forgotten in-betweens

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Author Biography - Marlene van Niekerk

Marlene van Niekerk was born in 1954 and grew up on a farm in the Caledon district of South Africa's Cape. She studied philosophy, languages and literature at the universities of Stellenbosch, Amsterdam and Witwatersrand, where she now lectures in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch.

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