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Agaat

(2004)
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Set in apartheid South Africa, Agaat portrays the unique relationship between Milla, a 67-year-old white woman, and her black maidservant turned caretaker, Agaat. Through flashbacks and diary entries, the reader learns about Milla's past. Life for white farmers in 1950s South Africa was full of promise - young and newly married, Milla raised a son and created her own farm out of a swathe of Cape mountainside. Forty years later her family has fallen apart, the country she knew is on the brink of huge change, and all she has left are memories and her proud, contrary, yet affectionate guardian. With haunting, lyrical prose, Marlene Van Niekerk creates a story of love and family loyalty. Winner of the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize in 2007, Agaat was translated as The Way of the Women by Michiel Heyns, who received the Sol Plaatje Award for his translation.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"I was immediately mesmerized... Its beauty matches its depth and her achievement is as brilliant as it is haunting." - Toni Morrison


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December 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Agaat
Author(s): Marlene Van Niekerk
ISBN: 1-951142-20-9 / 978-1-951142-20-9 (USA edition)
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Agaat
Author(s): Marlene Van Niekerk
ISBN: 0-9825030-9-1 / 978-0-9825030-9-6 (USA edition)
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October 2006 : South Africa Paperback
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Title: Agaat
Author(s): Marlene van Niekerk
ISBN: 1-86842-256-9 / 978-1-86842-256-2 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers SA
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May 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Agaat
Author(s): Marlene Van Niekerk
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
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April 2010 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Agaat
Author(s): Marlene Van Niekerk
Publisher: Tin House Books
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