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8 May 2004 at Protea Boekhuis:
Etienne talking to Herman Wasserman
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Afrikaans & Netherlandic Studies
School of Languages
University of Cape Town
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Etienne Van Heerden
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Etienne Van Heerden

Etienne Van Heerden
Photo by Johan Wilke

Author of novels, short story collections, books of poetry, essays, cabaret collections and a theoretical book on postmodernism
Founder editor of the multi cultural internet journal, LitNet
Hofmeyr Professor of Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Etienne Roché van Heerden was born on 3 December 1954 and grew up in the Eastern Cape Karoo where his Afrikaans speaking father was a merino farmer in the Graaff-Reinet (Agter-Sneeuberg) and Cradock (Fish River Valley) districts. His English mother was a mathematics teacher.
Etienne matriculated from Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch and studied Law and Literature at the Universities of Stellenbosch (BA Honours, cum laude and LLB), the Witwatersrand (MA, cum laude) and Rhodes (PhD, with a thesis on engagement and postmodernism)
After articles, he was admitted as an attorney, briefly lectured law at a technikon and practised criminal law in the magistrates courts. He left lawyer's practice to work in advertising in Cape Town.
During the eighties he was a member of a group of Afrikaans writers secretly meeting the banned ANC of Mandela and exiled writers at the ' Victoria Falls Writers' Conference', held in Zimbabwe.
Since 1986 he has been teaching Literature, Literary Theory and Creative Writing — initially at the University of Zululand in Natal Province, thereafter the University of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape, and is now the Hofmeyr Professor in the School of Languages and Literatures, and chairs the Afrikaans and Netherlandic Studies Section at the University of Cape Town.
He is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa and was a member of its prestigious international Writing Program in 1990, and and was Writer in Residence at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and the University of Leiden, Netherlands. He regularly teaches at universities in Europe and is frequently invited to read research papers or his fiction at academic conferences and writers' meetings or seminars (for example the Edinburgh Festival and Frankfurt Book Fair).
His satirical cabaret work is a regular feature on the major arts festivals in South Africa. His short stories and poems have been published in more than sixty anthologies in South Africa and overseas. Most of his work was translated into English and Dutch, and some also into German, French, Greek, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish.
He has been a regular columnist in a variety of journals and newspapers in South Africa, and currently writes a column syndicated to Die Burger, Volksblad and Beeld. He was the founder editor of LitNet - a multicultural South African web site.
Etienne van Heerden is married to Kaia, a practising doctor, and they have two daughters, Imke and Menán.

'One of South Africa's great writers'.

Awards and Honours:

The Hertzog Prize, the M-Net Award, the CNA Award (twice), the ATKV Prize (four times),
the Rapport Prize for Prose, the Perskor Prize for Juvenile Literature, the WA Hofmeyr Prize,
the Eugène Marais Prize, the J&B Young Achievers Award, the Klein Karoo Festival award (twice) and - in 2006 - the WA Hofmeyr Prize for Afrikaans literature.
His novel, Dertig nagte in Amsterdam was awarded the following prizes:
University of Johannesburg Literature Prize 2009
M-Net Prize for Prose 2009
WA Hofmeyr Prize and Hertzog Prize 2010
W.A. Hofmeyr prize 2014 for Klimtol
ATKV Prose Prize 2018 for Die wêreld van Charlie Oeng


Matoli, Perskor, 1978
Om te Awol, Tafelberg, 1984
Toorberg, 1986
Casspirs and Campari's, Tafelberg, 1991
Die Stoetmeester, 1993 (English: Leap year)
Kikoejoe, Tafelberg 1996
Kikoejoe, Tafelberg 1996 Kikuyu, (Kwela/Random House) English version)
Die swye van Mario Salviati, Tafelberg, 2000
The long Silence of Mario Salviati
In stede van die liefde, Tafelberg 2005
Asbesmiddag, Tafelberg, 2007
Dertig nagte in Amsterdam, Tafelberg, 2008
30 Nights in Amsterdam, The Penguin Group (SA), 2011
Haai Karoo, Tafelberg, 2012
In Love's Place, Penguin Books, 2013
Klimtol, Human & Rousseau, 2013
Die Wêreld van Charlie Oeng, Tafelberg, 2017

Short Stories:
(Also available in English, Hebrew and Dutch)
My Kubaan, Tafelberg, 1983
Liegfabriek, Tafelberg, 1988
Mad Dog and Other Stories

Literary Theory:
Postmodernisme en Prosa, Human & Rousseau, 1997

Lied van die Boeings, Tafelberg, 1998

Obiter Dictum, Perskor, 1981
Die Laaste Kreef, Tafelberg, 1987

Collected Editions:
Brekfis met vier, Skoppensboer, 1981
Miskien sal ek die wingerd prys, Tafelberg, 1989
Die mooiste liefde is verby, Tafelberg, 1999
Briewe deur die lug, Tafelberg, 2001
Die Rooi Roman, Human & Rousseau, 1999
Die Omstrede God, African Sun media, 2003

Celebratory Editions:
Die gas in rondawel Wilhelmina, Kairos, 1995
De dolle hond and Kikuyu, Vlaamse Boekverkopersband, 1997

Essays: Die stilte ná die boek (66 rubrieke), Tafelberg, 2004

Etienne Van Heerden 1998
Photo by Philip de Vos 1998

Text by Etienne van Heerden, 2000

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