SE - Cahiers

The Swan Whisperer: An Inaugural Lecture

Marlene van Niekerk

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Paperback / softback
09 Oct 2015
Sylph Editions
40 pages -
SE - Cahiers
SE - Cahiers

This playful, genre-bending cahier tells the story of pale, anxious creative writing student Kasper Olwagen and his strange encounter with the phenomenon of translation in the person of the Swan Whisperer. Through brilliantly imagined letters and recordings, van Niekerk recounts Olwagen's discovery of a vagrant who, without uttering any even remotely intelligible words, summons swans from Amsterdam's canals. Through the story of Olwagen's experience, van Niekerk probes the relationship between language and experience, writing and translation, stories and truth. A story of doubles, cadence, and, yes, swan whispering, The Swan Whisperer delves into the playfulness of sound in the Afrikaans language and the necessity for listening in all translation.
Marlene van Niekerk is a celebrated South African poet and short-story writer, as well as being author of the celebrated novels Triomf and Agaat (The Way of the Women). Marius Swart is a lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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