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Marlene Van Niekerk

South African Writer


Born 10-11-1954 in Caledon

Marlene Van Niekerk is a South African writer. Her publications include the short-story collection, The Woman Who Forgot Her Spyglass, the novella, Memorandum, and the novels, Triomf and Agaat. Her novels Triomf and Agaat have both been translated into English. In 1979, she moved to Germany to join theatres in Stuttgart and Mainz as an apprentice for directing. From 1980 to 1985 she continuted her studies of philosophy in Holland and obtained her PhD.



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Professor - Department of Afrikaans & Dutch | Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch

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Lecturer | Department of Philosophy | University of Zululand

Lecturer | Department of Afrikaans and Dutch | University of the Witwatersrand

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Secondary

Hoërskool Bloemhof

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Stellenbosch University

Western Cape | Completed 1978

Masters - Language and Philosophy

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Awards

The Order of Ikhamanga: Silver | The Presidency | 2011

For her outstanding contribution to the development of South Africa’s inclusive literary culture.

Triomf | Noma Award

Triomf | CNA Literary Award

Triomf | New York Times Notable Book | 2004

Best South African Film Award: Triomf | Durban International Festival | 2008

Fiction Prize for Agaat | Sunday Times Literary Award

The Hertzog Prize for Agaat | S.A. Academy for Science and Arts

Creative Writing Award for Agaat | UJ Award

Sprokkelster Kanseliersprys | University of Stellenbosch

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Author | Triomf


Author | Agaat


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