n Stilet : Tydskrif van die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging - Die toepassingsmoontlikhede van die teoretiese gesprek oor laatwerk : ʼn ondersoek van die oeuvre van Pirow Bekker

Volume 29 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1013-4573


The theoretical concept of late work, as postulated by Adorno and later Said, provides a framework for the interpretation of work that is produced in the late phase of a creative career. In Afrikaans, Helize van Vuuren has investigated the late work of poets D.J. Opperman and Breyten Breytenbach. Her findings regarding Opperman’s late work suggest that this type of work might have more embodiments than the two types suggested by Said. This article investigates the case of Afrikaans poet Pirow Bekker, and traces the development of his work to show how it represents a particular form of late work. Bekker’s late work does not manifest as the serene acceptance of the inevitable or the angry going against postulated by Said; neither does it follow the successive phases of descent into hell and rebirth found in Opperman’s work. Rather, Bekker’s late work is characterised by the notions of transformation and bridging. 

But death does sometimes wait for us, and it is possible to become deeply aware of its waiting. The quality of time alters then, like a change in the light, because the present is so thoroughly shadowed by other seasons: the revived or receding past, the newly unmeasurable future, the unimaginable time beyond time. (Said 2006:xi)

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