Michiel Heyns


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in Stellenbosch, South Africa
December 02, 1943

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Michiel Heyns is a South African novelist, translator and literary critic. Until 2003, he was Professor of English Literature at the University of Stellenbosch when the success of his first novel allowed him to become a full-time writer. As an academic he is best known for his work on 19th and 20th century literature, especially his acclaimed study, Expulsion and the Nineteenth-Century Novel: The Scapegoat in English Realist Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1994).

In 2002 he made his debut as a novelist with the comic coming-of-age story, The Children's Day. This was followed by another novel of high comedy, The Reluctant Passenger (2003) which has since been translated into French. His subsequent novels have moved away from the South Afri
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Lost Ground

3.95 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Typewriter's Tale

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The Children's Day

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The Reluctant Passenger

3.59 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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A Poor Season for Whales

4.16 avg rating — 38 ratings3 editions
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Invisible Furies

3.45 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2011 — 5 editions
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Bodies Politic

3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2008 — 3 editions
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A Sportful Malice

3.89 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Verkeerdespruit

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I am Pandarus

4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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“What is the reality of a drag queen? my stranger had asked. What indeed? I thought. What is the reality of any identity?”
Michiel Heyns, I am Pandarus

“But philosophy is one thing, praxis is another.”
Michiel Heyns, I am Pandarus

“I looked at the groups forming and breaking up, at the couples lost in each other’s eyes, at the tentative first conversations, at the loners standing at the bar or sitting at little tables, at the hubbub and hullabaloo of desire and fulfilment, of cruising and conversing, of courtship and companionship. I listened to the hum and drone of conversation, the clinking of glasses, the jangle of the slot machine, the odd burst of hilarity or profanity. I smelt the fug of spilt beer and fresh sweat and stale aftershave. And I thought, all we mortals can do, in the end, in the absence of the numinous, is to settle for one another.”
Michiel Heyns, I am Pandarus

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