ISBN 9780639914121
Pages 90
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Dryad Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

The Coroner's Wife

Poems in Translation

by Joan Hambidge

Joan Hambidge has published over 25 collections of poetry. Her work uses the magnifying lense of poetry to dissect, examine and recompose the material of her own life and work, and in so doing, explores ideas and issues central to our understanding of language and meaning.

The poems selected for translation in this compilation offer insights into her views across a spectrum of four categories: city life; love and family; ars poetica; and time and eternity. The Coroner’s Wife offers English readers the unique opportunity to experience a prolific and renowned Afrikaans poet in their own language. Translations have been sensively rendered by wellknown poets, Charl JF Cilliers, Johann de Lange, Jo Nel and Douglas Reid Skinner.

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About the Author

Joan Hambidge

Joan  Hambidge’s  debut  book  of  poetry,  Hartskrif, was  published  in  1985.    Her  second  collection, Bitterlemoene, published  in  1986, was  the  recipient  of  the  Eugène  Marais  Prize. She  was  also  awarded  the  Litera  Prize  for  her  poem  on  Eugène  Marais  (which  appeared  in Lykdigte)  and  the ATKV  Poetry  Prize  for  her  collection, Visums  by  Verstek.  In  the  decades  since  receiving these  awards,  Hambidge  has  written  prolifically  and  produced  over  25  poetry  collections,  the  most  recent  being  Indeks, (Human  &  Rousseau, 2016).    She  was  a  lecturer  and  later  a  professor  at  the  University  of  the  North.   Since  1992,  she  has  been  a  professor  at  the  School  of  Literature  and Languages  at  the  University  of  Cape  Town.  In  2016,  she  was  also  appointed to  the  Council  of  the  University  of  Stellenbosch.    She  is  an  active  reviewer,  literary  theorist  and  public  intellectual,  and  has  written extensively  on Postmodernism,  deconstruction  and  gender.  She  has  also  published  various  novels,  including Die  Judaskus (Perskor,  1988) and Kladboek (Protea,  2008).

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