Book Talk

The page for bibliophiles..

Eduan Swanepoel, owner of Bokmakiri books in Swellendam, (which, along with a huge selection of books of all genres, has one of the largest collections of Afrikaans authors in the Western Cape) frequently writes interesting articles about the books in his care.

On this page, there will be frequent updates from Eduan, and news about books both old and new, as well as information about local book launches and talks.

There will be books on History, Politics, Love, Art, Places, People, Music, Transport and many others –

Please check in frequently and join any discussions by commenting in the comments box

When you comment, please make sure you mention the book you are discussing – this is soon going to be a very full page…..

You can also send photos of your all time favourite books with a short summary and comment to swellengram@gmail.com for inclusion on the page

Brakdak. Flatroofs in the Karoo by Gabriel Fagan. This is one of the most beautiful books ever published in South Africa. Gawie took the photographs in this book between 1959 and 1964. Much of the vernacular architecture of the Karoo is gone. That makes this book a little archive to treasure. Who still knows what a brakdak is and why it was used?
Ek kan nie dink dat daar ooit ‘n tyd was dat daar Afrikaner volkseenheid bestaan het nie. Daarvoor was ons van dag een af te koppig, te dwars, te lief vir die eie mening met te min ruimte vir dié van ander. Maar goed, Doktor het blykbaar anders gedink. Hierdie outobiografiese werk het kort na Malan se dood in 1959 verskyn en vorm ‘n soort kontrapunt tot daardie wonderlike boek van Alan Paton, Hofmeyr. As ‘n mens die geskiedenis van ‘n komplekse samelewing soos ons s’n wil verstaan, moet jy na al die stemme luister, of jy met die spesifieke stem saamstem al dan nie. Daarom is Malan se boek vandag steeds insiggewend.