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AHM Scholtz

Biographical info

Born in 1923 in Kimberley, with his debut at the astonishing age of 72, Andrew Henry Martin (AHM) Scholtz took the Afrikaans reading world by storm.

His first groundbreaking novel, Vatmaar, was awarded the M-Net prize, the Eugéne Marais prize and the CNA prize. He also was awarded a SALA Literary Posthumous award.

Scholtz at first wrote the manuscript in English, and he was persuaded to then rather publish it in Afrikaans.

It has been translated into Dutch, with German and English, and was filmed for television. A stage adaptation was also written and performed, directed by Janice Honeyman, for which she received a Fleur du Cap Award in 2003.

Scholtz passed away op 17 November 2004, aged 81.

Books still in print
Vatmaar, Kwela (1997)
A Place called Vatmaar, Kwela (2000) 

Eugène Marais Prize (1996) – Vatmaar 
M-Net Prize for Afrikaans Prose (1996) – Vatmaar 
CNA Debut Prize (1996) – Vatmaar 
Patrick Petersen Memorial Award (2002) – For his contribution to Afrikaans literature
SALA Posthumus Award (2008) – Vatmaar 
List of publications
1995 Vatmaar, Kwela
1996 Langsaan die vuur, Kwela
1998 Afdraai, Kwela
Vatmaar (1995)
English (A Place called Vatmaar, 2000), Dutch and German
Afdraai, (1998)

“This book is unputdownable, not because it has an exciting plot, but because of how it is told. The reader becomes a part of the dynamic of the community and its concerns and foibles, lusts and tears. The consummate skill with which it has been translated from the original Afrikaans is such that the local accent of the people is present in its English reading.” – Robyn Sassen,

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