Boek van toeval en toeverlaat
by Ingrid Winterbach
C.L. Engelbrecht Prize for Literature (2012)
University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing (2007)
WA Hofmeyr Prize (2007)
M-Net Prize (2007)
A woman comes to Durban to assist in a language preservation project. Then her cottage is burgled and her beautiful collection of shells is missing. Her determined search for her shells becomes interwoven with her work and the people she gets to know there, especially her new friend, Sof. And in the process she also reflects on her life ‰ۡÌÝÌÕ her childhood, her family, her lovers before her marriage, her ex-husband, her current lover. Two of the novel‰ۡó»s most important themes are loss and concealment. Featuring a number of very intriguing characters, this is a remarkable novel by one of the most important Afrikaans writers of our time.