Marlene van Niekerk
|Marlene van Niekerk|
|Born||10 November 1954|
|Notable award(s)||Ingrid Jonker Prize
Marlene van Niekerk is a South African author who is best known for her novel Triomf. Her graphic and controversial descriptions of a poor Afrikaner family in Johannesburg brought her to the forefront of a post-apartheid society, still struggling to come to terms with all the changes in South Africa.
She explains that the portraying the separation of the sexes in her work is the result of being "outside the main arena" as an Afrikaner lesbian.
Marlene van Niekerk was born on 10 November 1954 on the farm Tygerhoek near Caledon in the Western Cape, South Africa. She attended school in Riviersonderend and Stellenbosch, where she matriculated from Hoërskool Bloemhof.
At university she wrote three plays for the lay theatre. In 1979 she moved to Germany to join theatres in Stuttgart and Mainz as apprentice for directing. From 1980 - 1985 she continued her studies of philosophy in the Netherlands and obtained a Drs with a thesis on the works of Claude Lévi-Strauss and Paul Ricoeur: "Taal en mythe: een structuralistische en een hermeneutische benadering."
Marlene van Niekerk is now Professor at the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, Stellenbosch University.
- Sprokkelster (poems), 1977
- Groenstaar (poems), 1983
- Die vrou wat haar verkyker vergeet het (short stories)
- Triomf (novel), 1994; translated as Triomf by Leon de Kock, 2000
- Agaat (novel), 2004; translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, 2007; shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, 2008. Published in North America from Tin House Books (as Agaat) in 2010.
- Memorandum: 'n Verhaal met Prente (novel), 2006, with paintings by Adriaan van Zyl; translated as Memorandum: A Story with Pictures by Michiel Heyns, 2006
- Die Sneeuslaper (short stories), 2010
- Agaat, translated by Michiel Heyns, won the Sol Plaatje Prize for Translation in 2007.
- Sprokkelster won the Ingrid Jonker Prize in 1978.
- Fowler, JK. "PEN 2010: Toni Morrison and Marlene Van Niekerk in Conversation with K. Anthony Appiah". The Mantle. Retrieved 14 April 2012.