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The Alphabet of Birds

Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
January 1980
About the book: 
‘Cool and intelligent, unsettling and deeply felt, Naudé’s voice is something new in South African writing.’ – Damon Galgut
If death comes to a loved one, can we grieve alone? When all around is in ruins, can we con ne our lives to one beautiful room constructed out of art, or love, or family ties? What is behind emotions and words? Is it something in the language that birds use?
A mother dying of cancer neglects her family and herself on a desperate mission to help AIDS sufferers; a musician travels to America, England and Dubai to see her stranded siblings before returning to her plundered home in Johannesburg; a man trails his gay lover
through Berlin’s party scene looking for an antidote. Almost crushed by loss, everyone in these stories is searching for answers.
Astonishing and diverse, the stories comprising S. J. Naudé’s The Alphabet of Birds are startling in their originality, lyricism and revelatory power.
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About the Author
Born in 1970, S. J. Naudé studied law at the universities of Pretoria, Cambridge and Columbia. He has lived and worked in New York and London. He completed an MA in creative writing under the tutelage of Marlene van Niekerk. He is the author of the Afrikaans Alfabet van die voëls.
SJ Naude is in 1970 gebore. Hy studeer in Pretoria en voltooi meestersgrade aan Cambridge en Columbia Universiteit. Na jare as regspraktisyn in New York en Londen keer hy terug na Suid-Afrika vir 'n meestersgraad in kreatiewe skryfkunde aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Alfabet van die voëls is sy debuut.

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