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Jacana Media Expresses Sympathy at the Untimely Passing of Gerald Kraak

Ice in the LungsAll of us who work at Jacana Media and the Board Members of Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) are heartsore at the untimely passing of Gerald Kraak, author and JLF board member.

Gerald was joint winner of the European Union Literary Award in 2005, for his widely acclaimed novel Ice in the Lungs.

As a board member of the JLF since its inception, Gerald’s skills, funding commitment and great interest in helping debut South African novelists was at the centre of the foundation.

As an author, Gerald was dogged by the familiar and frequent importunes of the publisher, disguised as the carefree “How is the new book coming along?”. It was always met with his great good humour but too, with a desire to write. He was a natural storyteller, and was looking forward to working on more fiction as he gradually had more time to devote to it. His devotion to ensuring a deeply rooted human rights culture in South Africa is one of his greatest gifts to us.

We send our sympathies to the Kraak family and to his many friends.

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