Marlene van Niekerk
Agent: Isobel Dixon
Biography: Award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer. She was awarded South Africa’s high honour, the Order of Ikhamanga, in 2011 for her outstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture field through poetry, literature and philosophical works. She is a Professor in Afrikaans and Dutch literature and Creative Writing, Stellenbosch University and held the Unesco Africa Chair in Utrecht in 2007/8.
The film adaptation of her debut novel TRIOMF, directed by Michael Raeburn, won the Best South African Film Award at the Durban International Film Festival, 2008.
KAAR, a collection of poetry, was published in Afrikaans (untranslated) in 2013 and won three national prizes (The Herzog prize, the Elisabeth Eybers Prize and the University of Johannesburg prize).
AGAAT is translated by Michiel Heyns, who won the Sol Plaatje Award for translation for this work. This extraordinary novel has received the following accolades in its Afrikaans and English editions:
- Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, 2008.
- Winner of the South African Sunday Times Literary Prize 2007 and the Hertzog Prize 2007, SA.
- University of Johannesburg Prize, M-Net Award, W.A. Hofmeyr Award, all 2005.
- Shortlisted Booksellers' Choice Award South Africa 2005 and the M-Net Literary Prize 2007.
- #1 on Swedish Bestsellers List for five weeks in 2012.
- Chosen as Book of the Month by Good Housekeeping.
-Shortlisted for Three Percent's Best Translated Book Award, sponsored by Amazon.com, 2011.
- Longlisted for the Independent Booksellers Choice Award 2011
- It has also been listed in Publisher Weekly’s Top 100 Best Books of 2010 and picked as one of Booklist Editor’s Choice List for 2010.