Dolf van Niekerk
Rudolf Johannes "Dolf" van Niekerk (born February 22, 1929 in Edenburg , Orange Free State ) is a South African writer, dramaturge and radio journalist. He was one of the Sestigers who wrote their works in Afrikaans and were in opposition to the apartheid regime of the time.
Dolf van Niekerk's mother died shortly after his birth and his father remarried. Dolf van Niekerk did his matric at the Edenburg Hoërskool . In 1949 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University College van die Oranje-Vrystaat in Bloemfontein and in 1954 a degree in philosophy from the University of South Africa . In 1967 he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pretoria . In 1982 he received his doctorate from this university .
From 1950 van Niekerk worked as a radio presenter and producer. In 1957 he became head of the Landbouradio radio division of the Ministry of Agriculture. From 1978 to 1994 he headed the Landbou-inligting directorate .
In 1953 the first poems were published in Standpunte magazine . In 1958 his novel Gannavlei was published, which was based on radio publications. His novel Die son struikel (German: “Die Sonne stolpert”), which was published in 1960 and portrays a man against the background of war, resistance and miners' strike, is considered to point the way forward for the linguistic renewal of Afrikaans-language literature. In 1985 his award-winning youth novel Die Haasvanger was published . He belonged to the Sestigers, but was more on the edge of this group. André Brink describes him as a loner (roughly: "lonely"). He mostly portrayed outsiders.
Van Niekerk lives in Murrayfield, Pretoria . He married for the third time in 1967 and has five children.
- 1958: Gannavlei. Novel.
- 1960: The son struikel.
- 1963: skepticism.
- 1965: The moeder.
- 1978: Woord in the môre.
- 1979: Kort lewe van 'n reisiger.
- 1983: 'n Bietjie luisterkuier.
- 1994: Koms van die hyreën.
- 1997: Koors.
- 1998: Brandoffer: vertellings uit die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog.
- 2003: The aarde waarop ek loop.
- 2017: Kroniek van Turf.
Drama (stage, television and radio)
- 1961: Kwart voor dagbreek: 'n Verhoogspel in three bedrywe.
- 1968: The paddas: satirical giant eenakter.
- 1972: Kamer 99.
- 1976: The nagloper: twee tekste vir televisie.
- 1982: Nobody never sees it.
- 1968: Skrik kom huis toe.
- 1985: Karel Kousop.
- 1985: The haasvanger. Novel.
- 1975: Karoosange.
- 1996: Dubbelster.
- 2006: Nag op 'n kaal plein.
- 2009: Langreis na Ithaka.
- 2013: Bleek planet.
- 2015: Portrette in my gang.
- 1963: Eugène Maraisprys for skepticism
- 1986: MER Prys and Scheepers Award for Youth Literature for the novel Die Haasvanger
- Dolf van Niekerk in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Reading by Dolf van Niekerk (2007) (video)
- portrait at nb.co.za (English), accessed on June 30, 2018
- Portrait at goodreads.com (Afrikaans), accessed June 30, 2018
- David Attwell, Derek Attridge: The Cambridge history of South African literature. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2012, ISBN 9781316175132 . Excerpts from books.google.de
- André Brink : A fork in the road. Harvill Secker, London 2009, ISBN 978-1-846-55244-1 , p. 209.
|SURNAME||Niekerk, Dolf van|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Niekerk, Rudolf Johannes van|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||South African writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 22, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Edenburg , Orange Free State|