Pieternella, daughter of Eva
This is the story of Pieternella, daughter of the Danish surgeon Pieter van Meerhoff and the Hottentot woman Krotoa-Eva, who has been banned to Robben Island. Against their will, the fourteen-year-old Pieternella and her younger brother, Salomon, are sent to their godparents in Mauritius - a rough voyage across the sea, marking the start of many hardships. This historical novel gives a new perspective on the cruel early history of Robben Island as well as the former penal colony of Mauritius. Pieternella, daughter of Eva (Pieternella van die Kaap) is based on three years of extensive research.
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In the media
What is gripping about the novel is the sensitive way in which new historic realities are interwoven with the genuine human struggle for existence ... In fact, this is the story of South Africa of then and of now.
Franklin Sonn, at book launch
"This substantial novel is a bonus book ... One gets a clear picture in fine, sensual detail, of how each sector of society ... fitted into the social picture of the time, and Matthee serves this as a gourmand meal in fine porcelain ..."
"The author's ability to create characters with whom readers can identify and to tell a gripping story about uncertain destinies makes this a novel that will resonate with a wide range of readers."
Willem Burger, Kalahari.net
"Matthee succeeds in making these historical narratives sound humanly convincing and new as a novel ... The story links two points: the forced voyage to the exile island and then the forced voyage back to the Cape."
Henriette Grové, Boeke-Beeld
Dalene Matthee, Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer van 13 boeke, is veral bekend vir haar vier Bosboeke" wat in die Knysna-bos afspeel. Haar boeke is in 14 tale vertaal.