Diskursiewe patrone in Brandwaterkom van Alexander Strachan
English Title: Discursive patterns in Brandwaterkom by Alexander Strachan
The recently published and prizewinning novel Brandwaterkom is vintage Strachan with an intricate structure, imbedded stories and a whole network of allusions. Typical of postmodernist writing, the relationship between fact and fiction, historiography and the novel is problematized. The primary narrator is a Hermes-figure who constantly reflects upon the narrative in metafictional fashion, questioning and even belittling his own omniscience and omnipotence as narrator. The main story centres on Fanie Vilonel, a traitor during the Boer War, and the motif of treachery is central in the story, discourse and narration.
Keywords: Afrikaans novels, Anglo-Boer War, postmodernist writing, treachery