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The Language of Love

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Antjie Krog, Kristien Hemmerechts, Elsbeth Etty - foto Serge Ligtenberg, Winternachten  2002
Antjie Krog, Kristien Hemmerechts, Elsbeth Etty - foto Serge Ligtenberg, Winternachten 2002


Antjie Krog and Kristien Hemmerechts are both masters in writing odes to loved ones. 'Liefste, jy mág nie doodgaan nie' (Dearest one, you can not die), Antjie Krog wrote in her collection Kleur komt nooit alleen nie (Color never comes alone). This book was launched in the Dutch translation at Winternachten. To keep the loved one alive, he is embalmed in language. The Flemish writer Kristien Hemmrechts also used this in her poetography Taal zonder mij (Language without me). Dutch/Afrikaans spoken.