Alexander Strachan

Dr Alexander Strachan is an award-winning novelist from Harrismith in the eastern Free State. After studying languages at the then University of the Orange Free State, he obtained his doctorate in Zulu at the University of Pretoria and became a full professor in African Languages. Strachan received the Eugène Marais Prize for his debut collection of short stories, 'n Wêreld sonder grense (1984). Along with the work of other writers such as JC Steyn, Etienne van Heerden and Koos Prinsloo, 'n Wêreld sonder grense established border literature as a genre. Strachan's works include the novels Die jakkalsjagter (1990), which won first prize in the DeKat/Antenne Great Novel Competition, and Die werfbobbejaan (1994), for which he received the WA Hofmeyr Prize. He was again awarded the WA Hofmeyr Prize for his novel Dwaalpoort (2010). His most recent novel, Brandwaterkom (2015), which deals with the Anglo-Boer War, won the kykNET-Rapport Book Prize. War, and the South African Border War in particular, is a central theme in Strachan's oeuvre. With this book, his first non-fiction work, he returns once more to the Bush War and focuses specifically on the history of 1 Recce and the unit's role during this war. Strachan himself was a Recce.

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