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ISBN13: 9780982503096
ISBN10: 0982503091
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Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla's past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise — young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian.

With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.

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"[Agaat] is absolutely the most extraordinary book I've read in a long time. You must read it." Toni Morrison

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"Books like Agaat...are the reason people read novels, and the reason authors write them." The New York Times Book Review

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"Few books I've read carry the visceral impact of Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat...it is stunning....each dichotomy — love, sorrow, purity, shame, betrayal, fidelity, goodness, and brute political will — is equally and tragically real." Bookforum

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"Agaat is a tangle of language and rhyme, of wordplay and digressions...Both absorbing in its minutiae and provocative in its allegorical approach to apartheid, Agaat explodes the domestic sphere to encompass the world." Portland Mercury

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"Fascinating and moving, this is, above all, a love story." Kate Saunders, The Times (London)

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"[Agaat] is a family saga of mothers and daughters; a deconstruction of the Little-House-on-the-Veldt romanticism in which noble white settlers tame a hostile land; a massive, wrenching catalog of illness (physical and metaphysical); and a poetic exploration of control and the loss of control. It's a stylishly inventive book..." The Rumpus

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Marlene van Niekerk is an award-winning poet, novelist, and short story writer. Her publications include the short story collection The Woman Who Forgot Her Spyglass, the novella Memorandum, and the novels Triomf and Agaat. Triomf was a New York Times Notable Book, 2004, and won the CNA Literary Award, the M-Net Prize in South Africa, and the prestigious Noma Award. Agaat, which won the Sunday Times Literary Prize 2007 and the Hertzog Prize 2007, was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who won the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation. Van Niekerk is currently an associate professor in Afrikaans and Dutch literature and creative writing at Stellenbosch University, in South Africa.

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Judith Koshar, January 13, 2012 (view all comments by Judith Koshar)
A beautifully written book about two lives brought together by love, hate, devotion and the changing history of a country.
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Scot, September 14, 2011 (view all comments by Scot)
This is a superb novel, probably the best I've read so far this year. It is full of extraordinary details and complex, finely drawn characters and language so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. It is truly a classic. I will read it again and again.
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Tonaya, January 26, 2011 (view all comments by Tonaya)
The best book I read of 2010.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780982503096
Author:
Van Niekerk, Marlene
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Translator:
Heyns, Michiel
Author:
Heyns, Michiel
Author:
Niekerk, Marlene Van
Subject:
South Africa Social life and customs.
Subject:
Women domestics -- South Africa.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
630
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 18.5 oz

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Product details 630 pages Tin House Books - English 9780982503096 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Agaat] is absolutely the most extraordinary book I've read in a long time. You must read it."
"Review" by , "Books like Agaat...are the reason people read novels, and the reason authors write them."
"Review" by , "Few books I've read carry the visceral impact of Marlene van Niekerk's Agaat...it is stunning....each dichotomy — love, sorrow, purity, shame, betrayal, fidelity, goodness, and brute political will — is equally and tragically real."
"Review" by , "Agaat is a tangle of language and rhyme, of wordplay and digressions...Both absorbing in its minutiae and provocative in its allegorical approach to apartheid, Agaat explodes the domestic sphere to encompass the world."
"Review" by , "Fascinating and moving, this is, above all, a love story."
"Review" by , "[Agaat] is a family saga of mothers and daughters; a deconstruction of the Little-House-on-the-Veldt romanticism in which noble white settlers tame a hostile land; a massive, wrenching catalog of illness (physical and metaphysical); and a poetic exploration of control and the loss of control. It's a stylishly inventive book..."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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