The Resource Wolf, Wolf

Wolf, Wolf

Label
Wolf, Wolf
Title
Wolf, Wolf
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Eben Venter ; translated by Michiel Heyns
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Language
eng
Summary
Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award 2014How should a man be? Mattie Duiker is trying very hard to live up to his dying father's wishes. He is putting aside childish things, starting his first business serving healthy take-away food to the workers in his district of Cape Town. His Pa is proud.At the same time, Mattie is pulled toward an altogether different version of masculinity, in which oiled and toned bodies cavort for him at the click of a mouse. His porn addiction both threatens his relationship with his boyfriend, Jack, and imperils his inheritance.Pa's peacocking days as a swaggering businessman are done, but even as the cancer shrivels and crisps him, the old man's ancient authority intensifies as it shrinks, like Mattie's own signature sauce. Pa haltingly prepares his son for life without him, and himself for life without a male heir. And, while the family wrestles with matters of entitlement and inheritance, around them a new South Africa is quietly but persistently nudging its way forwards.Wolf, Wolf is a novel of old rigid states and new unfinished forms, of stiff tolerance and mournful nostalgia. With uncommon sensitivity to place, time, and sex, Eben Venter reveals himself to the world outside his homeland as one of its most astute and acute observers, giving shape in story to some of the sea-changes of our time, in the manner of Coetzee and Roth
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Summary
How should a man be? Mattie Duiker is trying very hard to live up to his dying father's wishes. He is putting aside childish things, starting his first business serving healthy takeaway food to the workers in his district of Cape Town. His Pa is proud. At the same time, Mattie is pulled toward an altogether other version of masculinity, in which oiled and toned bodies cavort for him at the click of a mouse. His porn addiction both threatens his relationship with his boyfriend Jack and imperils his inheritance. His peacocking days as a swaggering businessman are done, but even as the cancer shrivels and crisps him, old Pa's ancient authority intensifies as it shrinks, like Mattie's own signature sauce. Pa haltingly prepares his son for life without him and himself for life without a male heir. And, while the family wrestles with matters of entitlement and inheritance, around them a new South Africa is quietly but persistently nudging its way forwards.
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Cataloging source
ANL
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  • Venter, Eben
  • Heyns, Michiel
Dewey number
839.3636
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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Heyns, Michiel
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
Wolf, Wolf
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:47fb31eb-534f-4deb-a977-fc08e6fc1c71
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781925113594
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optical disk
Label
Wolf, Wolf
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:47fb31eb-534f-4deb-a977-fc08e6fc1c71
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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9781925113594
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optical disk

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