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Johan Vlok Louw Discusses Eric the Brave with JB Roux

Eric the BraveJB Roux from LitNet interviewed Johan Vlok Louw about his book, Eric the Brave.

Louw spoke about how he went from banking to selling vacuum cleaners despite always wanting to be a writer: “The ‘other stuff’ was only meant to keep food on the table.” He now writes and paints full time. Roux describes reading Eric the Brave and compares it to a painting that “vibrates with energy and silent emotion”:

A platoon of conscripts guarding a remote outpost in the then South-West Africa (today’s Namibia) smoke, drink, drool over pictures of naked women. And size one another up …

It’s the anticipation, the sense that something dreadful is about to happen, must happen, that keeps readers turning the pages of Eric the Brave, shocked, almost, by the accuracy with which the writer recalls life “on the border”. He “paints” realistically, with short, accurate strokes of the brush. The picture that emerges is dominated by shades of brown. Army brown.

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