vendredi 11 novembre 2011

South Africa: The morbid joke of a writer unknown during his lifetime.


"Glory is a garment of light which fits well with measures of the dead." wrote the French poet Paul Reverdy.
         Herman Charles Bosman is a perfect illustration. He had a dog's life and has to fame after his death. As Caen, the son of Adam, a banal story that turns into brawl at age 21, he released an old rifle and shot his half-brother without warning.
         He will know everything that is worst in life, Herman Charles Bosman. His death sentence commuted to ten years hard labor reserved to recluse dangerous to the central prison in Pretoria Central Prison.
         The writing would lead to it all? Him, cursed the novelist drew his inspiration from the shoal. Instead of being killed by the harsh conditions of his imprisonment, convict the writer draws his finest work "Cold Stone Jug."
         On his release from prison, instead of being a happily married, he sinks into alcoholism and leads to his wife.
         One night soaked in alcohol like a sponge, he is transported to the hospital drunk to Edenvale where  he marks the history of literature with his South african morbid joke. In the ritual question where were you born, he mutters: "Born in Kuilsrivier .. And adds ... died at the Edenvale Hospital "making them laugh giggle doctors and nurses.
         Perked, he died that night from indigestion by celebrating his recovery.

The terrible fate of the Afrikaner great writer, Herman Charles Bosman.

         Born February 5, 1905 at Kuilsrivier near Cape Town. His family moved to Johannesburg. He attended high school at Jeppe Boys High School in Kensington. During his studies in Kensington, he contributes to the newspaper of the school, at sixteen, he began writing jokes and funny stories for the "Sunday Times". He continued his studies at Witwatersrand.
         After graduation, he became a teacher in the district of Groot Marico. Inspired by the life of this region, he wrote his best stories. During the school holidays of 1926, he shot his half-brother a blow gun during a brawl.
         Sentenced to death, he was imprisoned at Pretoria Central Prison. His sentence was then reduced to ten years hard labor.
         In 1930, he was released for good behavior after serving half of his sentence. His stay in prison inspires "Cold Stone Jug," one of his best works. Based in Johannesburg, he joined other poets, journalists and writers and founded his own publishing house. To recover, he stayed in London for nine years and publishes "Mafeking Road", his second bestseller.
         At the beginning of World War II, he returned to South Africa, worked as a journalist and translated into Afrikaans, "Rubaiyat" of Omar Khayyam.
         He married Ella Manson and pair differed by their lives of gypsies. Drunk after a night especially watered, he is transported to the hospital of Edenvale. When asked his birthplace, he murmured: "Born in Kuilsrivier ... and adds ... Died in Hospital Edenvale," making them laugh doctor and medical staff. Returned home to his wife's arm Ella Manson, he died of indigestion a few hours later. It was October 14, 1951.
         He is buried in the cemetery Wespark of Westdene. During his life, he had published three of his books (published by Dassie Mafeking, Jacaranda Road, published in Night and Cold Stone Jug published by PDB). His biography published by Human & Rousseau was written by Valerie Rosenberg under the title of "Sunflower to the Sun."
His bibliography includes.

-Mafeking Road & Other, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1934. Translated into French and published by Albin Michel in Paris in 1993.
-Omar Khajjam Rubaijat-van (translation), Collin Reed-MacDonald, 1948.
-Cold Stone Jug, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1949.
-Veldt-trails and pavements (in collaboration Carel Bredell Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel), 1949.
-A Cask of Jerepigo (The helmet Jerepigo), Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1957.
-Unto Dust, Lionel Abrahams, Anthony Blond, 1963.
Ramoutsa-Road (Route Ramoutsa), AD. Donker, Johannesburg, 1987.
-A Bekkersdal marathon, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1971.
-The Earth is Waiting, 1974.
-Willemsdorp, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1977.
-Almost Forgotten Stories, H. Timmins, 1979.
-Selected Stories, compiled by Stephen Gray, Human & Rousseau, 1980.
-Death Hath-Eloquence, Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy, 1981.
-Uncollected essays, Timmins, 1981.
-Cold Stone Jug (play), adapted by Barney Simon, Human & Rousseau, 1982.
-Makapan's cellar and Other Stories, Penguin Books, 1987.
-Road-Ramoutsa, Ad Donker, Cape Town, 1987.
Jurie Steyn's, Postoffice, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1991.
-A Bosman Treasury, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1991.
-Idle-Talk: Stories Voorkamer, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 1999.
-Jacaranda in the Night, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 2000.
-Old Transvaal Stories, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 2000.
-The Rooinek-Boer War and Other Stories, Human & Rousseau, Cape Town, 2000.

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