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Karina Szczurek Shares her Experience of Philida van de Delta, based on Philida by Andre Brink

PhilidaLate literary legend André Brink’s wife, Karina Szczurek, recently attended the premiere of the musical based on Brink’s Man Booker nominated novel, Philida.

The production, titled Philida van de Delta formed part of the 5th annual Zabalaza Festival at the Baxter theatre in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

“The beautiful young woman who sang Philida was the embodiment of André’s vision. He would have wept with all of us had he seen her come alive across space and time at the Baxter last night,” Szczurek writes.

Read Szczurek’s moving article about the production, how Brink first came to hear the story that inspired his novel and how seeing it on stage affected the author who is still figuring out how to live in a world where she is “unable to predict what will give me joy, what will hurt me” since she lost her husband in February this year:

I remember the pages of the manuscripts spread all around our lounge floor: Afrikaans, English, several versions of each, all a complete muddle. André and I going around with scissors and Sellotape, piecing the different scenes together, then transferring the final ‘cut’ to the computer, editing, correcting, arguing, crying, laughing, and every inch of the way loving the story and the remarkable woman at its centre – those were the final stages of André’s last novel, Philida (2012), longlisted for the Man Booker later that year just in time for the publication.

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