30 nights in Amsterdam

30 Nights in Amsterdam was awarded the University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing in Afrikaans, the W. A. Hofmeyr Prize, the M-Net Literary Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Hertzog Prize.
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Title: 30 nights in Amsterdam
Author: Etienne van Heerden
Genre: Novel
Publisher: The Penguin Group (South Africa)
2nd edition. Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9780143528739 / ISBN 978-0-14-352873-9
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 457 pages


The 30 nights the novel's South African protagonist spends in Amsterdam will change him for ever. [...] The letter from Amsterdam is part of the day's yield of postal items. It arrives in the early afternoon. From where he's standing in the museum's passage, Henk sees the postman pedalling up the hill from the village. The tarred road past the houses is steep and he crouches over the handlebars. Then the cyclist, eventually standing up on the pedals, arrives at the gates of the museum. Loose gravel makes his progress even more arduous. Laboriously, the white-capped postman approaches, and Henk resolves to offer him a glass of water when he reaches the museum. The mailbag sags like a pouch from the postman's belly, and his last few upright efforts look like comical kangaroo hops.