oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die uitgewersgeskiedenis van twee vroeë "gewaagde" Afrikaanse romans

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The most popular Afrikaans books during the mid-1930's were novels such as Ampie by Jochem van Bruggen, Uit oerwoed en vlakte by Sangiro and Sonde met die bure by Langenhoven. These were also the books that sold best. However, at this time a reaction against serious literature began to surface, and newspaper and magazine readers asked for books about 'knap kerels en mooi nooiens' (handsome guys and pretty girls) (a phrase used in a contribution to Die Burger). More and more lighter literature was published, also a few 'risque' novels. Nasionale Pers in Bloemfontein published a few of these, among others Wrede grense by Sophie Roux and Gebroke by T.C. Pienaar. Nasionale Pers obtained a considerable amount of advice before deciding to publish the former. The novel was received quite well. However, Gebroke was severely criticised, and Nasionale Pers was reprimanded by various critics for publishing a novel of this purport. The history of how these two novels were published and received is discussed in this article.

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