n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Rondom die millenniumwisseling : steeds die Sestigers

Volume 46, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Around the turn of the millennium four of the writers of the sixties, Hennie Aucamp, André P. Brink, Chris Barnard and Breyten Breytenbach published new dramas.
Aucamp's Van hoogmoed tot traagheid (1996) is an allegorical and satirical stage drama. In this work, which is conspicuously related to his earlier cabaret pieces, he uses the seven deadly sins as an intertext.
Chris Barnard's two film scripts and (1998) prove once again that he is capable of writing sophisticated texts which meet the demands of his medium. As in his other work, Barnard depicts outsiders who are caught up in a state of isolation and have great difficulty in freeing themselves.
André P. Brink's (1997) is thematically related to his many political novels. This work demonstrates how emotionally disrupting the change of government, that took place in South Africa during 1994, can be to someone who was guilty of atrocities in the past and is not capable of making a transition to the present.
Breyten Breytenbach's (1998) and (2001) are both complicated texts which in some respects are linked to the existing dramatic tradition and in others are innovatively experimental. In both works the dramatist comments upon the South Africa which was and which is, and unmasks the impurity of human conduct.

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