Stephanus Muller
Afrikaans and English
Fourthwall books, 2014
ISBN 978-0-9922263-4-3
Hard cover, slip case, 3 volumes, full colour
882 pages, 375 x 265 mm

Winner of the 2015 UJ Prize for a Debut Novel, Nagmusiek is a startling addition to contemporary South African fiction and biography. The book is both a scholarly study of the Afrikaans composer Arnold van Wyk and a work of fiction in which the author/biographer—who is and is not Stephanus Muller—highjacks his own literary undertaking. It is an extraordinary meditation on the art of biography, on South African classical music under the apartheid regime, and on the complicated relationship between life and fiction. This is an important book, a profoundly scholarly undertaking that will be a vital contribution to the field of Van Wyk studies in South Africa, but at the same time a groundbreaking work of experimental fiction.
Role: Book designer, publisher
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