The Printmaker

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen

 

  • Umuzi
  • Johannesburg
  • 2016
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 210 pages

Book not available in Zimbabwe.

Synopsis

When a reclusive printmaker dies, his friend inherits the thousands of etchings and drawings he has stored in his house over the years. Overwhelmed by the task of sorting and exhibiting this work, she seeks the advice of a curator. What compulsion drove the printmaker to make art for four decades, and why did he so seldom show his prints?When the curator discovers a single, sealed box addressed to a man in Zimbabwe, she feels compelled to go in search of him to present him with the package, hoping to find an answer to the enigma of the printmaker's solitary life.

Review

This subtle and sophisticated novel reflects one man’s obsessive need to make meaning through images and to find, in art, the traces of love and friendship.

Author

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen is an associate professor and head of Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, the editor and co-founder of Fourthwall Books, and a former editor of Art South Africa magazine.