“In a translucently honest and open-hearted gesture, Karina Szczurek shares letters of love, hope and intimacy between herself and writer André Brink, in a book that, unwittingly, they wrote together.”
Drs Helen Moffett (Charlotte) and Karina M. Szczurek (The Fifth Mrs Brink; You Make Me Possible) chat to each about where their lives of words have taken them. From novel writing to editing, writing reviews to writing poetry, from starting a small publishing press to being published, being an environmental warrior to writing life story and memoir — the stories are endless!
Books will be on sale at a pop-up book stall. R15.00 for tea and filter coffee.
Fish Hoek Library, Thursday, 12 March 2020, 19:00-20:30
“Biography lovers may despair that the internet is making it improbable that biographers will still discover old, forgotten letters in dusty attics, revealing juicy secrets about celebrities. It still remains a problem when writers discard electronic records of their correspondence, but this book proves that emails can be every bit as romantic as old-fashioned letters, and all the more immediate.”
One of my favourite events of the year opens the literary festival season and I am really looking forward to speaking about You Make Me Possibleat the Woordfees with Kerneels Breytenbach on 6 March 2019, at 12:00, in the ATKV Boektent.
OUR LOVE LETTER
Karina Szczurek, in gesprek met Kerneels Breytenbach
Aangebied deur Protea Boekhuis
Haar man het haar met briewe die hof gemaak, vertel Karina Szczurek van die skrywer André P. Brink, met wie sy ’n dekade getroud was. Nou is dié briefwisseling sedert hulle ontmoeting in Desember 2004 in Oostenryk deur Karina gebundel as laaste liefdestaak teenoor André. You Make Me Possible begin in die roes van die ontdekking van ’n geesgenoot, dokumenteer die brose begin van ’n byna onmoontlike verhouding, en daarna die verdieping daarvan tot ’n volwasse verhouding in ’n nuwe wereld van saamwees en erkenning. Kerneels Breytenbach vra haar uit.
The KKNK is turning 25 this year and it is my great pleasure to be part of the writers’ programme at the festival.
“Die KKNK bied hope geleenthede om die room van die Suid-Afrikaanse kunste in verskeie genres, dissiplines en vorms te beleef. Vermaak vir oud en jonk word met ’n program propvol drama, humor, musiek, diskoers en vermaak aangebied. Die fees gee aanleiding tot die skep van nuwe materiaal soos toneelstukke wat spesiaal vir die KKNK geskryf word en jaarliks word die topkunstenaars en-produksies by die Fees vereer met Kanna-toekennings.”
YOU MAKE ME POSSIBLE: THE LOVE LETTERS OF KARINA M. SZCZUREK & ANDRÉ BRINK
MET Karina Szczurek en Erns Grundling (gespreksleier)
Novelist André Brink married Karina Szczurek when he was 71 and she was 29. They were together for ten years before he died on a plane, beside her, high above Africa in February 2015.
Selected and edited by Karina M. Szczurek, the love letters between herself and André included in You Make Me Possible tell in detail the story of how they met in Austria in December 2004, fell in love, and decided to forge a future together. The intense correspondence which followed in the weeks after their fateful encounter recounts their courtship in words, revealing their initially unacknowledged attraction, their fears and longings, and writing a new world of recognition and togetherness into being. The letters chronicle the time between their first meeting and Karina’s decision to relocate to South Africa to be with André in 2005 – a relationship which lasted until his death in 2015.