The Way of the Women
By (author) Marlene van Niekerk
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Way of the Women by Marlene van Niekerk
Book DescriptionHow 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 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 DetailsISBN: 9780349120799
(198mm x 133mm x 37mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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, Paperback (November 2007)
* A compelling portrait of two women's lifelong relationship against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa
Triomf, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Marlene van Niekerk
* 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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