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Die soektog na 'n mitiese wêreld: Equatoria van Tom Dreyer

RENDERS, Luc;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: Pretoria : Universiteit van Suid-Afrika
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Equatoria (2006) is Tom Dreyer's third novel. It is a historical novel, which is situated in 1912 in the Belgian Congo. Equatoria makes use of an age old narrative pattern, namely the quest, and combines historical and mythological sources. Dreyer loosely bases his novel on the expedition of Herbert Lang and James Chapin to the Congo from 1909 to 1915. With the historical facts Dreyer creates a fictional world with strongly mythical overtones. The hunt for the elusive okapi is the focal point in the novel. By identifying the okapi with the unicorn the hunt for the okapi by Guy Nichols and Willis Reed is given a mythical dimension. Reed hopes to find a mythical w...
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free text keywords: Tom Dreyer, Afrikaanse literatuur, Afrikaanse roman, mythe, Congo literatuur
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