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History and Development of the 32 Battalion Examined in Forged in Battle by Jan Breytenbach

Forged in BattleNew from Protea this month, Forged in Battle by Jan Breytenbach:

This book follows the development of the 32 Battalion from its confused origins from former enemies and terrorists into the best counter-insurgency force in the world.

Jan Breytenbach gets it spot on with this one, his skill at story telling is great! 32 Battalion was a very well respected unit in the SADF and one can easily see why when reading this book. Breytenbach’s account of the 1975 incursion into Angola is accurate and detailed without becoming boring. His addition of some very funny incidents adds real enjoyment to a great book.

About the author

Colonel Jan Breytenbach, the founding commander of 32 Battalion, is a living legend in South Africa. He was the creator of three elite units of the SADF: 1 Recce Commando, 32 Battalion and 44 Para Brigade. He led the successful assault on SWAPO‘s main base at Cassinga in 1978 ‒ believed to be the largest airborne assault anywhere since World War II. He also formed the South African Army’s Guerrilla School, which he commanded until his retirement in 1987.

He is the brother of Breyten Breytenbach. Today he is 80 years old and lives in Sedgefield.

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Fransjohan Pretorius Presents A History of South Africa: From Past to Present

A History of South Africa: From Past to Present edited by Fransjohan Pretorius to be published by Protea this month:

A History of South AfricaThis extensive history of South Africa was written by some of the country’s most prominent historians such as Hermann Giliomee, Jan Visagie, David Scher and Fransjohan Pretorius. Its broad scope includes South Africa’s pre-colonial history, slavery, Afrikaner nationalism, an environmental history and an analysis of a post-apartheid South Africa.

Chapters included are:

The Anglo-Boer War – Fransjohan Pretorius

The establishment of apartheid, 1948-1966 – David Scher

Apartheid: A different view- Hermann Giliomee

The democratic puberty, 2004-2011 – Jan-Jan Joubert

Two chapters are about the struggle against the Afrikaner and focus on the black resistance movement. The author said in a recent interview: “We did not try and justify apartheid, but one has to know what it was all about”. Prof Hermann Giliomee also poses the question in his chapter: “Was apartheid all bad?” The author emphasises that the book is an effort to understand people’s behaviour in the history of this country.

About the editor and author

Fransjohan Pretorius is a professor in History at the University of Pretoria and has written or edited eight books about the Anglo-Boer War. His book Life on Commando during the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 was the runner-up in the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. He has also won numerous awards for his contributions about the Anglo-Boer War.

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Joanne Macgregor Interviews Her Character and Draws Out a Shocking Confession

Dark WhispersRock SteadyJoanne Macgregor, author of various youth novels, including Turtle Walk and Rock Steady, and the psychological thriller for adults Dark Whispers, is already working on a new manuscript. Recently, she conducted an imaginary interview with one of the characters from her new story, Quinn.

Macgregor has shared an excerpt from the “interview” on her website, noting that it helped her to find out things about her character that she didn’t realise she knew. “[The questions have] really deepened my understanding, and therefore hopefully my writing, of him and the story in general. Plus, he made a shocking confession! It’s an excellent twist and it’s going into the plot.”

J: So for the record, how old are you?

Q: 18. I’m turning 19 soon.

J: You have an older brother?

Q: Yes, Connor, he’s 23. It’s quite a gap between us, and then another big gap between me and my little sister.

J: Tell me about Connor.

Q: He’s amazing, strong, a real leader. He doesn’t buy into any of the BS the government puts out, he knows the truth. He’s a lot like my mother in that way, she was in the IRA – so rebellion runs in his blood.

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Verjaardagwense en ’n onderhoud met Hennie Aucamp

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“As ek aan Hennie ­Aucamp dink, kom twee woorde dadelik by my op: meester en leermeester. Hy is die meester van die ­kortverhaal, kabaret en kwatryn; en hy is die leermeester van ’n ­hele geslag skrywers,” skryf Daniel Hugo vir Die Burger as deel van ‘n huldeboodskap aan die gewilde skrywer op sy 80ste verjaardag op 19 Januarie. Johann de Lange, Danie van Niekerk, Danie Botha, Lina Spies en Louise Viljoen het ook bydraes gelewer tot hierdie artikel waarin kenners en kollegas deel waarom hulle hom so bewonder. Viljoen skryf: “Op sy 80ste verjaardag kan ­Aucamp terugkyk op ’n ryk en ­verantwoordelike ­skry­wers­lewe.”

Die oeu­­vre van Hennie ­Au­camp ­bestaan uit kort­verhale, gedigte, ­kabarettekste, aforismes, memories, briewe en ego-dokumente, ’n ­kulturele geheue uit ’n onbeskaamd persoon­like invalshoek.
Dit is ’n groot, verwikkelde, skepping wat oor jare ­ontstaan het. Kenners, kollegas en ­kol­legas bring aan hom hulde.

Die digter, omroeper en vertaler Daniel Hugo:
As ek aan Hennie ­Aucamp dink, kom twee woorde dadelik by my op: meester en leermeester.
Hy is die meester van die ­kortverhaal, kabaret en kwatryn; en hy is die leermeester van ’n ­hele geslag skrywers.
Soos Jan Rabie die vader van die Sestigers was, was Aucamp die ­vader van die Tagtigers.

Braam de Vries het met die skrywer gesels oor sy vertelkuns, die Afrikaanse letterkunde en sy ouevre. Aucamp huiwer om te sê watter genre hy voel hy die beste onder knie het: “Nee, die vraag lyk vir my na ’n slagyster-vraag. Solank ek ’n gedig of ’n liedteks skryf, is dié een die geslaagste. Maar die euforie is van korte duur. En dan begin jy van voor af met ’n nuwe skepping en hoop dit sal beter gaan. En so gebeur dit dat jy aanhou met skryf. ’n Skrywer is ’n skrywende.”

Aan jou oeuvre is te veel vir een gesprek. Kom ons praat oor jou wêrelde: Had Rust-mijn-ziel-storievertellers en -leermeesters? In jou familie?

Daar was storievertellers op Rust-mijn-ziel en elders op die Stormberg, soveel soos jou hart begeer, maar só het jy dit nie as kind ervaar nie, want jy het nie ander wêrelde gehad waarmee jy dit kon vergelyk nie. Eers toe die ou mense begin doodgaan, het die jonges in groot getalle begin wegtrek, en het jy ander, minder storieryke wêrelde begin beleef – eers tóé besef jy hoe uitsonderlik gelukkig jy was. Die Stormberg se besondersheid lê in sy afsondering; mense het net mekaar gehad, en het baie dikwels gekuier, soms nog met ’n kapkar. Geselskap het onvermydelik uit stories bestaan.

Jy skryf glashelder Afrikaans, altyd met ’n pen.

Ek het in ’n stadium getik, maar langsaam. Spoedig het ek weer met die hand geskryf. Daar gebeur iets geheimsinnigs met my wanneer ek met die hand skryf; dit is asof ek volkome in beheer van myself is.

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Reney Warrington Describes Processing the News About Nelson Mandela’s Death in Sweden

OctoberReney Warrington, author of October, was in Sweden when the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing on 5 December broke. On her blog she describes how disconnected she felt not being among fellow South Africans during this time. In a small town in North East Germany, however, a fishmonger who hardly speaks any English, connected with her:

I was in Sweden when I heard about Nelson Mandela’s death.

I felt disconnected. All around me there were images of him on TV and on front covers of papers and magazines, but I couldn’t understand what was being said or written. My friends and family were going to his house in Houghton and attending the Soccer City service.

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Translator Anthea Bell Discusses Working on the Asterix Comics

Asterix by die PikteAndrea Bell first started translating the Asterix comics in 1969, eight years after their first publication in French, writes Claire Armitstead for The Guardian. Bell, who is Scottish, is responsible for renaming Obelix’s dog from Idéfix to Dogmatix and the druid from Panoramix into Getafix.

Asterix and the Picts, the first new volume in eight years, was recently published and is available in Afrikaans as Asterix by die Pikte. The Scottish press announced that the book would be about the independence referendum, but Bell says they were wrong “not least because Asterix is on a royalist mission, to return a prince to his rightful throne.”

Publication of the first new Asterix album in eight years has brought the world’s media to a small house in Cambridge. The Guardian is in the living room and BBC Northern Ireland is on the phone. It’s the 35th adventure that translator Anthea Bell has undertaken with the world’s most famous Gaul, and it has transported them to Scotland on a mission to save the Picts from imperialists and usurpers.

The political potential of the latest storyline was quickly grasped by the Scottish press, which breached a fortress of secrecy in the summer to announce that Asterix and the Picts would be about the independence referendum. They were wrong, says Bell, not least because Asterix is on a royalist mission, to return a prince to his rightful throne.

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  • Asterix by die Pikte by Jean-Yves Ferri, edited by Sonya van Schalkwyk-Barrois, illustrated by Didier Conrad
    EAN: 9781485300229
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Video: The New Creators of the Asterix Comic Discuss Taking Over the Reins

Asterix by die PikteAlbert Uderzo, the illustrator of the original Asterix series, has handed over the creation of the books to a new team – Didier Conrad and Jean-Yves Ferri. Uderzo had illustrated the series, written by René Goscinny, since 1959. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, Uderzo continued to produce Asterix books alone, but he finally decided to entrust the series to a new writer and illustrator.

Last week saw the world wide launch of a new Asterix book, Asterix and the Picts, released simultaneously in Afrikaans in South Africa as Asterix by die Pikte by Protea Boekhuis.

In an interview with the BBC, Conrad and Ferri discussed “entering the universe” of Asterix and “staying true the essence of the series”. They also spoke about the decision to set this book in Scotland:

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  • Asterix by die Pikte by Jean-Yves Ferri, edited by van Schalkwyk-Barrois Sonya, illustrated by Didier Conrad
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Video: Herman Koch Discusses the Plot of His Suspense Novel Die aandete

Die aandeteDutch author Herman Koch was in America earlier this year to promote his bestselling suspense novel Het Diner, released in English as The Dinner. This novel has also just been released in Afrikaans by Protea Boekhuis as Die aandete.

Koch discussed the plot of his book with Jeff Glor on CBS News, explaining that the story centres around two couples who meet in a classy restaurant to discuss “let’s call it a crime for the moment” that their two fifteen year old sons were involved in. They have to decide whether they are going to contact the police. What complicates matters is that one of the parents is a politician with a election coming up.

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Réney Warrington’s Debut Novel, October, Now Available in English

OctoberProtea Boekhuis proudly presents October by Réney Warrington:

What is the point of having a relationship with an expiry date? To forget about the loneliness, I answer.

Jo, a professional photographer, and Leigh, a pop singer, meet in Johannesburg. Shortly afterwards their lives fall apart.

After a bitter family feud, Jo is cut off from her niece and nephew. It is this loss that influences her photography from then on. She runs off to London, where she bumps into Leigh again.

Leigh encourages Jo to exhibit her photography in a London gallery. She becomes close to the two-year-old son of the gallery owner, and that only opens up old wounds.

Leigh has her own demons to fight, but a romance nevertheless develops between the two, even though they both know Leigh’s relationships rarely lasts longer than three months. Can the love between them survive? Their courtship forms the core of this novel which will hold the attention of the reader to the last page.

About the author

Réney Warrington and her spouse are both photographers and live in Johannesburg. Some of Réney’s photographs form an integral part of her debut novel. She will shortly exhibit her second solo show.

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HF Heese ondersoek die rol van persone van gemenge herkoms in die Kaap in Groep sonder grense

Groep sonder grenseProtea Boekhuis stel graag die derde uitgawe van Groep sonder grense deur HF Heese bekend:

Groep sonder grense handel oor die rol wat die persone van gemengde Europese, Oosterse en Afrika-herkoms aan die Kaap van Goeie Hoop gespeel het gedurende die tydperk 1652–1795.

In hierdie studie word gekyk na die faktore wat die plek en status van ’n persoon van gemengde afkoms in die samelewing bepaal het. Aspekte wat bespreek word is o.a. slawerny en vryheid, fisiese afkoms, die rol van die kerk en ekonomiese welvaart.

Groep sonder grense werp ook lig op die verskillende statusgroepe waarin gekleurdes hulle in die 17de en 18de eeue bevind het: slawe, vryswartes, vrygeborenes en burgers. Die proses waardeur nakomelinge van ingevoerde slawe en slavinne in die burgerlike bevolking opgeneem is, word uiteengesit.

Oor die outeur

Hans Friedrich Heese was vanaf 1976 tot 1998 ’n senior navorser verbonde aan die Instituut vir Historiese Navorsing van die Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland.

Heese het sy skoolopleiding aan die Hoërskool Uniondale ontvang en studeer aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch waarna hy onderwys gee in Malawi, Noord-Kaap en Namibië. Hy verwerf ’n PhD aan die Universiteit van Kaapstad in 1976 met sy verhandeling “Die Afrikaners in Angola, 1880–1928″. Hy is vanaf 1999 argivaris van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

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