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About the Author

André Carl van der Merwe was born in Harrismith in the Free State, South Africa. When his family moved to Cape Town, after two years of national service, he started studying fine art in Cape Town and later founded a clothing company, which he owned and ran for the next fifteen years. Today he concentrates on architectural and interior design and writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions; Reprint edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609450507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609450502
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Cook on November 3, 2011
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Moffie is a profound book beautifully written. I read it the first time in forty-eight hours, unable to put it down unless forced to do so. I read it a second time, slowly, to savor its language, its depth, its insights.
André Carl van der Merwe can move one to tears with his luminosity:
"Empty is not when there is no longer anything inside--but when a container can never hold anything ever again. Lonely is not when there is nobody; lonely is when there IS and you walk away."
A work of fiction based on the author's growing up in South Africa, and his experiences in the South African Defense Force, Moffie's power resides in those experiences, its wondrous beauty in van der Merwe's use of language and structure. His insights reveal a sensitivity and wisdom one encounters rarely.
Nick van der Swart, a kind, sensitive child born in 1961 into the harshness of South Africa's apartheid, into a household run by the thick, plaited-rope strap of his father's unyielding discipline, into the smothering dogma of the Dutch Reform Church, seems never to be able to measure up, either to his father's rigid standards or the tenets of his father's church. Nick's only two refuges in this daunting environment are his mother, herself a victim of Peet van der Swart's iron-fisted rule and the social constraints of the times, and his older brother, Frankie. When Nick is five and Frankie seven, Frankie is killed. His brother's death devastates Nick and makes him the focus of all his father's anger and meanness.
"Don't be a sissy, man!" his father demands. "You will play rugby!"
Nick stands his ground: "I won't! I'm good at something. I'm good at art!"
"You are good for bloody nothing," his father slings back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nick DiMartino on August 31, 2011
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An extremely sensitive, visceral account of being conscripted into the Angola Bush War, by a highly-skilled writer who offers you his eyes and ears as you plunge into the heartbreaking experience of being trapped in the institutionalized hell of a South African military camp. And that's where he discovers who he really is!

The author admits his harrowing tale is only thinly fictionalized, and it's the sheer bravery of his honesty and the clean, evocative use of language that make this brutal experience into the highest literary art.

Andre Carl van der Merwe skilfully recreates the emotional gauntlet his hero has to endure in his passage to adulthood. In an insane military world, his skinny, white nineteen-year-old Nicholas is tested to his limits. His ordeal makes compelling, first-rate reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hasemeister on January 13, 2012
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This is a very engaging book that I highly recommend to anyone interested in a unique view of the insurgent wars in South Africa in the 1980s, military life, and a gay man's experience in a very hostile environment. The main character is a remarkable and irresistible mosaic of poet-intellectual and hardened fearless infantryman. He has a aesthetic sensibility that is almost gay stereotype, but with a gritty unrelenting determination to standup for himself and survive that is inspiring. The book has elements that remind me of Hemingway in its macho toughness, Alex Baldwin in its sexual and romantic tension, and National Geographic in its descriptions of the landscape. There is no overt sex in the book, but van der Merwe creates of few instances of incredible eroticism. The prose is a little repetitive, particularly in the descriptions of the hardships of boot-camp life, and the ending is a little convenient and abrupt. That said, I recommend this book without reservation. There is a wink and a nod at the end of the story about a second book ("but that is another story.)" I hope this second book becomes a reality, and soon!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJWoolfson on October 22, 2011
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This is a book that I am sure many people will identify with as it has many facets and covers a myriad of issues we all grapple
with at some time in our lives.

It is, of course, about life in the South African army at a critical juncture in that countries history and tells a story that is both
about hate and a tender love story intricately interwoven into a compelling narrative.

I found myself extremely moved by the very real characters and the enormous unfairness heaped upon them and then uplifted
by the wonderful friendships and magnanimity of some of the characters.

For anyone who is gay there are many issues that we have all grappled with and with which the author deals sensitively
and intelligently.

I found the book very well written and thoroughly entertaining.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Globewriter on October 7, 2011
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Beautifully written and evocative tale of life as a gay man in the South African army under apartheid. Few other books I have read recently can match the grittiness and passion in Moffie. A brilliant achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SW on September 28, 2011
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Andre Carl van der Merwe dove into his army journals after 20 years and came out with this excellent tale of youth, resilience, oppression and triumph. The main character, Nick, and the three young men he loves, each find ways to deal with the homophobia rife in '80s South Africa. You'll remember these boys, and feel for them.
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