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Richard de Nooy

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Lovely Plasters for Zes Beetwonden

The promo-storm has died down a little, but there’s still a lot of movement in the air. The Dutch edition of my book received a couple of excellent reviews recently (see below) and I’m warming up for Het Andere Boek in Antwerp this weekend, where I’ll be sharing the stage with Damon Galgut and Gawie Keyser. More soon.

“This book is like a rollercoaster – fast, dizzying, and totally original. It is therefore hardly surprising the Richard de Nooy won the Best First Book Award from the University of Johannesburg for this debut novel. […] De Nooy peppers his story with rapid-fire dialogue and black humour. A totally different South African sound than we’re accustomed to, but absolutely enthralling.”

The above excerpt is from a review published in three Dutch regional dailies. Here’s a link to the full Dutch review in the Noord-Hollands Dagblad, which listed ZBEET as its Book of the Day.

“This debut novel, impressively translated by Fred de Vries and the author, is striking due to its unusual structure and flowing style. […] De Nooy has opted to start every chapter with an accident report, many of which are hilarious. The book also features drawings by the author, as well as an “outtakes” section. But Zes beetwonden en een tetanusprik is not just a compendium of flotsam and jetsam. It is remarkably coherent. And that, in itself, is quite an achievement. In fact, this format offers all sorts of new angles to the story. […] According to the author, he is working on two further novels that are tangential to his debut. We look forward to hearing more from this enviably original new voice.”

The above excerpt is from a review by Guus Bauer, posted on This excellent and highly informative site also gives an overview of book data and lists links to recent interviews and reviews (all in Dutch, I’m afraid).


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Lauren Beukes</a>
    Lauren Beukes
    October 3rd, 2008 @12:10 #

    Fantastic, Richard, well done! And two new tangents in the works! Hurry up and finish them already.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    October 3rd, 2008 @12:21 #

    Thanks! Show me the money and I'll show you the book. I'm translating 3,000 words a day, instead of writing them. Sux tyranosaurus eggs.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Annica</a>
    October 10th, 2008 @14:48 #

    Hello Richard! I'm throwing my cap in through the door here, hoping you will forgive me for my rudeness in not gatting back to you when you wrote that welcome note on my blog (re There are Ants in my sugar). I am not going to try your goodwill further with an explanation but I hope you will accept my apology.
    Fascinated to see your blog. That is so impressive. My awed congratulations.
    So intrigued that you know the Meyerton/Eikenhof areas. When were you there? Your description is so apt. Ants was set in Daleside/Walker's Fruit Farms, which is somewhat easier on the eye.Do you know those areas? And, possibly, De Deur?
    Please do tell me what you are translating at such a rate of knots?
    Warm regards, Annica Foxcroft.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    October 11th, 2008 @13:07 #

    Thanks for your warm words. No apology required, as I know how easily messages here become like cyberships in the night.

    We lived on a smallholding in Bronhorstfontein (between Eikenhof and Walkerville) in the late 70s and early 80s. I went to Mondeor High. De Deur does ring a bell (how unusual: doors ringing bells), but I can't picture it. I think I need to drive out that way when I'm next in Joburg. Perhaps we can arrange a combined tour, reading and braai. Seriously.

    Hope to see you around.


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