voorkamer

voorkamer

(ˈfʊəˌkɑːmə)
n
South African the front room, esp of a Cape Dutch house or farmhouse
[from Afrikaans voor front + kamer room]
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En dan droom ek, ek dans uit by my sel tot in die binneplaas van Pretoria Local Prison en dan wals ons al hoe vinniger totdat ons begin opstyg en die straatligte en Jakarandas al hoe kleiner word en ons tussen die sterre tol en draai en bly dans tot in die voorkamer van ons huis in Beaumontstraat.
Meanwhile, a programme of classical violin and piano music was performed by Charl du Toit and Conrad Spingies for an exclusive but smaller audience in Bruce se Voorkamer ("Bruce's drawing room").
The last grouping, which rightly forms the bulk of the volume, is a selection of Oom Schalk tales, third-person-narrated stories, and Voorkamer sketches--from which Mynhardt has selected "Birth certificate" and the all-time classic "A Bekkersdal marathon".
Thus, for example, the reader will not be able to see the development of Bosman's writing from early Oom Schalks (Mafeking road) to later Oom Schalks (Unto dust) and then on to the Voorkamer pieces, which he wrote in the last years of his life.
He achieved greatest success with his 'Oom Schalk Lourens' tales, memorable for their masterful use of a narrator figure, and his later 'Voorkamer' sequence, which features a group of farmers who gather in Jurie Steyn's voorkamer (which doubles as the local post office), and pass the hours spinning yarns about pretty girls, ghosts, seers and hypochondriacs while ostensibly waiting for the post lorry to arrive.
Productive and challenging as the Oom Schalk and Voorkamer sequences were for Bosman, they confined the author to a certain formula: a stable narrator (or set of narrators), a fixed setting, and the kind of story one expects to hear in an oral, storytelling milieu.
Gedurende die oorlogsjare het 'n portret van Jan Smuts in hul voorkamer op Goree gehang en volgens Ouma Tiema was die Nasionale Party-gesinde eerw.
Hy is nie vioolspeler in die voorkamer van of die maghebber of die volk en sy establishment nie, maar bring verandering teweeg deur individuele optrede (tans deur sy betrokkenheid elders).
So sit sy en Bennie in die voorkamer van sy ouerhuis en speel die klein snit 'n paar keer oor, en Ester besef sy sal nooit 'n punt bereik wat sy voel nou het sy dit genoeg gesien, nou het sy 'n samehangende beeld van die kort vertoning gevorm nie.

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