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Jonker’s Life Chronicled: New Pocket Biography of Ingrid Jonker by Louise Viljoen

Ingrid JonkerNew from Jacana Media, Ingrid Jonker: A Jacana Pocket Biography by Louise Viljoen:

Dubbed the South African Sylvia Plath due to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life, Ingrid Jonker is one of the most iconic figures in Afrikaans literature. Posthumously awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the South African government for “her excellent contribution to literature and a commitment to the struggle for human rights and democracy in South Africa”, the advanced ideas inherent in Ingrid Jonker’s poems have made her a recognised literary figure internationally, with her poems being studied, translated and published in many languages.

“She was both a poet and a South African. She was both an Afrikaner and an African. She was both an artist and a human being. In the midst of despair, she celebrated hope. Confronted by death, she asserted the beauty of life.” – Former President Nelson Mandela (May 1994)

During the night of 19 July 1965, Jonker went to the beach at Three Anchor Bay in Cape Town where she walked into the sea and committed suicide by drowning. Her sensitive, humane and forward-looking perspectives have made her a literary icon of a whole new generation of Afrikaners and South Africans who have re-discovered her relevance in a free and democratic South Africa.

About the author

Author Louise Viljoen teaches in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Stellenbosch. She is well known as a literary critic and book reviewer, and has recently published a study of Antjie Krog.

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