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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - De fascinatie blijft : recente Nederlandse reisliteratuur over het nieuwe Zuid-Afrika : original research

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

Recently, and within a relatively short period of time, ten Dutch language non-fiction books on the new South Africa were published. Dutch authors apparently continue to be fascinated by the history and inhabitants of this country and after more than fifteen years of democracy try to take stock of it from a Dutch perspective. Thus, in 2009 an epistolary travel report was published by Dylan van Eijkeren, , and Bram Vermeulen, correspondent for the quality paper NRC , wrote From diverging perspectives these two authors reported on their experiences, expectations and disappointments in respect of the new South Africa. The travel writer experiences a modern version of the Great Trek whereas the journalist tries to fathom the complexity of the country after a blood bath. The article starts with an introductory overview of recent Dutch non-fiction on South Africa, placed in the context of post-colonial travel literature. This is followed by a close reading of the said two diverging texts.

Onlangs het kort na mekaar 'n tiental Nederlandse nie-fiksie boeke verskyn oor die nuwe Suid-Afrika. Nederlandse skrywers bly gefassineer deur die geskiedenis en inwoners van die land en hulle probeer na ruim vyftien jaar van demokrasie in Suid-Afrika die balans op te maak vanuit Nederlands perspektief. In 2009 het Dylan van Eijkeren 'n reisverslag geskryf, en Bram Vermeulen, korrespondent van die kwaliteitskoerant NRC het geskryf. Vanuit twee uiteenlopende gesigspunte berig hierdie outeurs oor hul ervarings, verwagtings en teleurstellings ten opsigte van die nuwe Suid-Afrika. Die reisbriefskrywer ervaar 'n moderne weergawe van die Groot Trek, terwyl die joernalis op sy beurt probeer om aan die hand van 'n moordtog 'n groter prentjie te skilder in 'n poging om die kompleksiteit van die land te deurgrond. Die artikel begin met 'n inleidende oorsig van resente Nederlandse nie-fiksie oor Suid-Afrika en plaas die literatuur vervolgens in die konteks van postkoloniale reisliteratuur. Daarna volg die bespreking van die twee genoemde uiteenlopende tekste.

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