Hans Ester of the Nederlands Dagblad posted the following review of Op de veranda (The Shouting in the Dark) in January.
For those who don’t read Nederlands, the final line calls the book “a strong, hard-hitting novel that makes the reader long for more”.
Elleke will be participating in the Oundle Festival of Literature on 29 February 2016. Her talk and reading will explore how we re-tell and interpret history – take a particular angle, look from an alternative viewpoint, or consider oppositions. Elleke will look both at the dominant and recently contentious history of relatively well-known (though poorly understood), figures such as the imperial ‘colussus’ Cecil John Rhodes in South Africa, and will compare this to quieter, marginal, provincial histories, such as the story of the central character Ella in her novel, The Shouting in the Dark.
Is it possible that fiction is in certain ways more ‘true’ than history or biography? We will consider how we deal with the still widely prevalent legacies of empire that we find here in Britain today.
Elleke will be reading from The Shouting in the Dark at Lancaster University on 14 March 2016, hosted by the Centre for Transcultural Writing & Research. The event will be chaired by Graham Mort.
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Elleke Boehmer, Professor or World Literature in English at Oxford University and biographer of Nelson Mandela, will give the Writers’ Centre at Norwich a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Shouting in the Dark. This interactive World Literature masterclass is a must for anyone interested in life writing, and will offer practical advice on the creative and technical issues of using fiction as a tool for exploring big ideas.
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The Witness‘s Moira Lovell has written this of The Shouting in the Dark:
While Boehmer is a skilful writer, she has created, in The Shouting in the Dark, an uncomfortable read . . .
Elleke will be presenting on The Shouting in the Dark/Op de veranda at the University of Utrecht on 18 February 2016.
On Thursday, February 18, Elleke Boehmer and David Attwell will participate in a discussion, with Prof. Carrol Clarkson of the University of Amsterdam, about their writing, and the influence of J. M. Coetzee on them.
Sue Grant-Marshall of Reading Matters has named The Shouting in the Dark as one of her Top 10 books for 2015!
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The Mail & Guardian‘s Jane Rosenthal has written the following of The Shouting in the Dark:
It’s a remarkably involving story in which Boehmer shows us how the complex and clever old tyrant nevertheless shapes his daughter’s political sensitivity, if only in resistance. A subtle and passionate voice, Boehmer examines survival in all its manifestations in a new country.
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Elleke was recently interviewed about Op de veranda (The Shouting in the Dark) for LezenTV by Peter Gielissen. Watch an extract (in Dutch):
The full interview may be viewed on the LezenTV.nl site.