Posts Tagged ‘Southern Seas’

Andries Bezuidenhout. Surviving in a country which did not make the industrial revolution in time

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

My aanhaling vir die dag. Dis uit Manuel Vázquez Montalbán se boek Southern Seas, wat ek op aanbeveling van Desmond Painter gelees het. Die aanhaling kom uit ʼn brief wat Pepe Carvalho, die hoofkarakter, aan ʼn ander karakter in die boek skryf:

“Carry on with your journey, and don’t come back until tiredness or old age get the better of you. You’ll return to find that everyone here has become petty-minded, mad or old. Those are the only three ways of surviving in a country which did not make the industrial revolution in time.”

Die boek is oorspronklik in 1979 in Spaans gepubliseer. Ek skat dit kan na baie ander lande en tye verwys, ook Suid-Afrika in 2011.

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