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Communicating with Agaat

Nicole Devarenne: South African women speak out, 4 August 2005

Agaat 
by Marlene van Niekerk.
Tafelberg, 718 pp., R 250, August 2004, 0 624 04206 5
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A Change of Tongue 
by Antjie Krog.
Random House (South Africa), 376 pp., R 182.95, September 2003, 0 9584468 4 9
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Die Onsigbares 
by E.K.M. Dido.
Kwela, 223 pp., R 110, August 2003, 0 7957 0158 6
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... of for the health of the larger community to be preserved. Unlike Krog and Van Niekerk, E.K.M. Dido, the first ‘coloured’ woman to publish a novel in Afrikaans, has received little attention outside South Africa. Most ‘coloured’ writers, descended from the early mixed-race community in the Cape, were until recently overlooked by prize committees ...

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