AUTHOR JOHANN DE LANGE
FORMAT Portrait; 213mm x 137mm; Paperback
A new work of non-fiction by Afrikaans poet, writer and critic Johann de Lange.
Renowned for being one of the foremost gay writers in Afrikaans, de Lange latest work is written in the form of diary entries.
Known as one of the most open poets in Afrikaans when it comes to writing poems about gay sexuality. “With him there is not a concealment of the phallus. It must be conceded that De Lange has the ability, in addition to gutwrenching realism, to come up with some of the most moving and beautiful nature metaphors in Afrikaans.”
Some quotes from Johann:
“I don’t romanticise poetry. I’m a craftsman. Although poetry originates from the heart, your brain should take it further. Paradox fascinates me. There should always be tension in a poem … between images and words.”
“I don’t think I have written anything while I was happy. If I did, it was inferior.”
Johann de Lange was born in 1959 in Pretoria. His first volume of poetry, “Akwarelle van die Dors”, won the 1983 Ingrid Jonker Prize. His fourth volume, “Wordende Naak”, was awarded the Rapport Prize for Poetry in 1990. His 2009 collection, “Die Algebra van Nood”, won the 2011 Hertzog Prize for Poetry.