Review Article

Die deurlopende koord

H. du Plooy
Literator | Vol 20, No 3 | a507 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v20i3.507 | © 1999 H. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 1999 | Published: 26 April 1999

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Abstract

The endless thread
This article discusses the volume of short stories, Boereoorlogstories, which was compiled and edited by Jeanette Ferreira. The stories are all about the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and though some of the stories simply retell history from the point of view of specific individuals, some of the stories are indeed fine examples of postmodernist fiction. In the best stories in the volume the narrators engage with history in a number of ways: by indicating the fallacies of historiography, by contrasting little narratives with the master narrative of official historical documents, by emphasizing the textuality of history and the necessity of retelling the past. Personalized history and personalized interpretations of historical facts and historical documents are used in attempting to find or create new identities. The use of historiographical metafiction enables these narrators to interact with a present which is so complex and still so near that it can only be approached indirectly through stories.

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