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RED DOG

Willem Anker

  • Original Title: BUYS
  • Publication date: October 2014
  • Publisher: NB Publishers
  • Country: ZA
  • 432 print pages
  • Biopics

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: South Africa
  • Themes: FAMILY, Paternity, PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Looking back on one's life, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Inequality, Racism, Discriminations, Power, War and other conflicts, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Commitment

Pitch

A fictional biography of South African trekker Coenraad de Buys, a giant of man with a huge sexual appetite who was born in the late 18th century.

Comments

Translation rights sold: UK, Netherlands

The novel won six major literary prizes in South Africa.
Longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.

Fans of Cormac McCarthy will definitely find a lot to like – it’s dark, it’s wordy and it’s very masculine.

Willem Anker is South African and lectures in creative writing at Stellenbosch University. His first novel, SIEGFRIED, was published in 2007. RED DOG is his first novel to be translated into English.

Summary

At the end of the eighteenth century, a giant strides the Cape Colony frontier. Coenraad de Buys is a legend, a polygamist, a swindler and a big talker; a rebel who fights with Xhosa chieftains against the Boers and British; the fierce patriarch of a sprawling mixed-race family with a veritable tribe of followers; a savage enemy and a loyal ally.

Like the wild dogs who are always at his heels, he roams the shifting landscape of southern Africa, hungry and spoiling for a fight. This is his story; the story of his country, and of our blood-soaked history.

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  • Author’s biography

    Willem Anker is South African and lectures in creative writing at Stellenbosch University. His first novel, SIEGFRIED, was published in 2007. RED DOG was published in Afrikaans in 2014 and won six major literary prizes in South Africa. It is his first novel to be translated into English, and has now been longlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize.