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Sestigers, The By du Plooy, Heilna

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM2020-1
Published: 15/10/2018
Retrieved: 19 May 2024, from


During the 1960s a group of Afrikaans writers who called themselves ‘Die Sestigers’ (Those of the sixties) became prominent on the South African literary scene. Jan Rabie’s collection of short stories, Een-en-Twintig (Twenty-one,1956) and Etienne Leroux’s novel Die Eerste Lewe van Colet (The First Life of Colet, 1955) are regarded as the first clear signs of the movement that literary historians describe as the most influential movement in Afrikaans literature in the twentieth century. Despite huge differences in style and content these writers, including poets, novelists, and dramatists, presented themselves as a group through their joint publications (the journals Sestiger and later Kol, as well as the collection of short stories Windroos), and by publicly debating their ideas about literature.

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