• Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena [The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena]

  • By: Elsa Joubert
  • Narrated by: Theresa Sedras
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 02-21-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tafelberg
  • 4.7 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena het by verskyning in November 1978 die gemoed van die hele land beroer. Binne vier maande is dit drie keer herdruk. Dit is in 1979 met die Luyt-, die CNA- en die W.A. Hofmeyr-prys bekroon. In 1981 is dit deur die Royal Society of Literature in Londen aangewys as die beste streekroman wat in Engels verskyn het; Elsa Joubert word ook ‘n Fellow van die Society. Sedertdien is die roman vertaal in Frans, Spaans, Duits, Nederlands en Italiaans. In 1985 het ‘n Amerikaanse uitgawe verskyn.
Hoë lof is van kritici ontvang. Audrey Blignault het die betekenis van die roman só saamgevat: "n Aangrypende, onvergeetlike boek wat die sluier tussen die witmens en die swartmens in Suid-Afrika afruk." André P. Brink het dit in Rapport as die boek van die jaar in die Afrikaanse prosa uitgesonder: "'n Visioen van menslike gevangeneskap... Ontstemmend en indrukwekkend... Verpligte literatuur vir elke mens wat oor hierdie land wil saampraat. "Oorsee het die gesaghebbende Sunday Times Literary Supplement ‘n entoesiastiese bespreking van die roman geplaas. En The Times se resensent skryf: "(The novel) unfolds with the inexorable force of a Greek tragedy."
As voorhoogstuk was Poppie eweneens suksesvol. Dit is in sowel Afrikaans as Engels landwyd opgevoer. In New York is dit eers in ‘n eksperimentele teater aangebied; daarna het dit as Off Broadway-opvoering die Obi-toekenning verwerf vir die beste dramateks. Dit is gekies vir die Edinburgh-toneelfees, en later ook in Londen opgevoer, waar Thuli Dumakude as Poppie die gesogte Olivier-prys verower het. Vervolgens is dit opgevoer in Australië, Kanada en Chicago.
Die skryfster self sê oor dié suksesverhaal: "Die lewe van die werklike Poppie het my diep geraak, en my beklem. Hier was ‘n vrou, magteloos vasgevang in ‘n onmenslike sisteem, wat veg vir die bestaan van haar gesin. Deur die boek wou ek aan haar ‘n stem gee."
Please note: This audiobook is in Afrikaans.
©1978 Elsa Joubert (P)2014 NB Publishers
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By Mariechen on 04-05-16

A personal look into the horrors of Apartheid

Would you listen to Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena [The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena] again? Why?

No! it's just so sad! Don't get me wrong - it's a great book. But it's really depressing, all the more so because it is true.

What did you like best about this story?

This is an interesting story in that it is historical non-fiction that kind of reads as fiction, but when it was written it was more political contemporary as it was written during the same era as the events in the book. Now, with the benefit of many years since the events, the readers has access to greater perspectives on the events and other concurrent occurrences at the same time as Poppie's journeys. So from an analytical and historic point of view, this is a true gem.

Who was the most memorable character of Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena [The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena] and why?

It has to be the main protagonist, Poppie herself. During this epic she is a dynamic, growing character. It is remarkable seeing her becoming aware of the oppression she faces, and no longer accepting it.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook is in Afrikaans, the original language of the book. I wish there was one available in English, because I would highly recommend it.

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By Helene on 02-12-16

Memories

An eye opener. Growing up in South Africa, we were told what they wanted us to hear.

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