Henk Van Woerden


In Tikoes, Henk van Woerden weaves the relationships together: one with a woman and one with a country. Against the chaotic backdrop of south Africa the story unfolds of a seemingly frivolous travel companion, realised by a narrator who stands between two continents. The young Tikoes is no less beautiful than the homeland, but both ‘loves’ are marked by a violent past that sharpens the dilemma of the return.

‘An Amorous book.’ Henneke Groenteman

’Van Woerden shows himself to be a writer who, in an almost laconic manner, can tell glittering story, in a language that sparkles with meaning and is evidence of great stylistic control.’ Jury Libris Prize

’Documented reality is touched and recreated by the imagination of a great writer.’ Elsbeth Etty

A Mouthful of Glass, Tikoes & Moenie Kyk Nie form a trilogy About South Africa.


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