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Verwelkom die mooiste maand. Die eerste blertsies piets blompatrone in die stof. Die jakarandas wag nie vir reën nie, hulle bars baldadig uit hul nate, eksotiese bruide getooi in pers confetti. Rose en seringbome parfumeer die strate. Damme, spruite en rivierlope wag ongeduldig saam met mens en dier op die eerste donderwolke.

Seisoene herinner ons aan ons verbintenis met die natuur. En nou skud ons die koue eers af, vergeet die winter summier. Want dis tog die tyd van grondige vernuwing oral om ons, drome van ʼn groener toekoms. Ons gun onsself hierdie oomblik vol belofte, ons raak ontvankliker vir skoonheid, dankbaar vir geil lentevreugdes.

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Reise word bekroonde verbeeldingsvlugte …

Die Poolse skrywer Olga Tokarczuk is bekroon met die Nobelprys vir Letterkunde 2019. Sy is die vyftiende vrou onder 116 vorige wenners wat só vereer word.

Haar werk word soms beskryf as donker of misterieus, maar ek dink dit is veral die beelde wat sy oproep wat verband hou met haar verbeelding. Tematies gaan sy ook oor grense heen: Sy gebruik reis gereeld as motief.  Hoewel ons eerstens dink aan reis as toeristies, word dit in haar werk ʼn kreunende identiteit – iets waarmee jy jouself opnuut hervorm. Reis is vir haar ook ʼn metafoor van die veranderende landskap, omgewings en mense wat jy ontmoet en waardeur jy jouself verander. – Prof. Jerzy Koch, hoof van Nederlandse en Suid-Afrikaanse studies in die fakulteit Engels aan die Adam Mickiewicz Universiteit, Pole.

Polimiek oor letterkundepryse, deur Christiaan Boonzaier, Beeld, 11 Oktober 2019

The sea level was rising relentlessly, the waters swept up words, ideas and memories; the streetlights went out under them, lamp bulbs bursting; cables shorted, the whole network of connections transformed into dead spiderweb, a lame and useless game of telephone. Screens were extinguished. And finally that slow, infinite ocean began to come up to the hospital, and Athens itself stood in blood – the temples, the sacred roads and groves, the agora empty at this hour, the bright statue of the goddess and her little olive tree.

 Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019

Flight from Irkutsk to Moscow. It takes of at 8 a.m. and lands in Moscow at the same time – at eight o’clock on the morning of the same day. It turns out to be right at sunrise, which means the whole flight takes place during dawn. Passengers remain in this same moment, a great peaceful Now, vast as Siberia itself. So there should be time enough for confessions of whole lifetimes. Time elapses inside the plane but doesn’t trickle out of it.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019

What we learned at university was that we are made up of defences, of shields and armour, that we are cities whose architecture essentially comes down to walls, ramparts, strongholds: bunker states.

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019

Lees nog boeiende aanhalings uit fiksie hier …

It is a war without limits and boundaries, and one we still don’t know how to fight. Governments, nonstate actors and terrorists are creating their own narratives that have nothing to do with reality. These false narratives undermine our democracy and the ability of free people to make intelligent choices. The disinformationists are aided by the big-platform companies who benefit as much from the sharing of the false as from the true. The bad guys use all the same behavioral and information tools supplied by Facebook, Google and Twitter. Just as Nike buys your information to sell you sneakers, the Russians bought your information to pursuade you that America is a mess. Autocrats have learned the same tools once seen as spreading democracy can undermine it. Studies show that more than a quarter of Americans recall seeing at least one false story leading up to the 2016 election.

The Global War on Truth by Richard Stengel, Time, October 7, 2019

Mense wat vir hulself kan lag, verstaan baie goed waarom hulle die teikens word van ander se spot en lag en neem selde aanstoot.

Spitstyd, uitgesoekte rubrieke deur Wilhelm Jordaan, Litera, 2011

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