12 key moments from 2015: the biggest books news of the year


South Africa’s Bookslive has selected 12 key moments out of all the many literary moments in the world of literary moments of the literary Africanity. Advertisements

the secret love letters of ingrid jonker


They have been set in the light of the literary world and the wider world. The letters and notes and messages that passed between the South African writers André Brink and Ingrid Jonker. Letters of Love. Letters of despair and searching. Letters of reaching out and withdrawing. These ‘postillion d’amour’ pieces have been published now. … Continue reading the secret love letters of ingrid jonker

the heart has spaces


A relationship in words and poems and stories. The relationship between novelist André Brink and poet Ingrid Jonker was stormy. Many letters and notes and telegraphs flowed back and fro.  It all has been put on pages and surrounded by a cover. Karina, the widow of André Brink, writes about this spacious heart.

kwêla: vlam in die sneeu


The fire is visible in the snow. The heat is on and what will happen to the snow? Will it survive? The letters and notes and telegrams that have been travelling between André Brink and Ingrid Jonker have been published. The widow of Brink talks about this publication.

flame in the snow


This might be called a labour of love, translating the correspondence between Ingrid Jonker and André Brink, both from South Africa. Between the years 1963 – 1965 they loved and they wrote. Karin Schimke translated the letters from Ingrid Jonker into English; the same change of language was done by Leon de Kock for the … Continue reading flame in the snow