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Dalene Matthee’s Pieternella: Daughter of Eva Released in English

Daughter of EvaDalene MattheeOne of Dalene Matthee’s best-loved novels is now available in English.

Pieternella: Daughter of Eva – a translation of Matthee’s Pieternella van die Kaap – opens in the early days of the first white settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, beneath the shadow of Table Mountain, with the Dutch East India Company clinging precariously to a little piece of land – Robben Island – in Table Bay.

Eva was one of the first interpreters and intermediaries between her Goringhaicona tribe and the Dutch, and Pieternella’s father was Pieter van Meerhoff, the Company surgeon who was murdered by slave dealers in Madagascar.

Pieternella and her siblings were among the first mixed-race children born at the Cape and their lives are a manifestation of a sentiment often expressed by Matthee in this novel-that life can consist of heaven and hell rolled up together in one bundle.

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