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Verhale oor die Anglo-Boereoorlog

C. N. van der Merwe
Literator | Vol 19, No 3 | a559 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v19i3.559 | © 1998 C. N. van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1998 | Published: 30 April 1998

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C. N. van der Merwe, Departement Afrikaans en Neerlandistiek, Universiteit van Kaapstad, South Africa

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Fiction on the Anglo-Boer War
This article gives an overview of fictional prose about the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. In contrast to the desire of many people to “forgive and forget" this past war, some authors for example Gustav Preller and D.F. Malherbe, told stories to remind the reader of the suffering of the past. Stereotypical patterns in a number of conventional war stories are mentioned in the article, followed by a discussion of fictional texts deviating from these conventional patterns - inter alia, works by Johannes van Melle and J.R.L. van Bruggen. In conclusion, texts are analysed which use the war experience to illuminate the general human condition: works by Etienne Leroux, Elsa Joubert and others.


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