Article: Vivien Horler
Lacuna, by Fiona Snyckers (Picador Africa)
What right do you have to your name and history? Can you object if someone makes you the subject of their fiction?
Do you have less right to your own persona if you are world famous?
These questions were prompted by beginning to read Lacuna, a new novel by the successful South African author Fiona Snyckers.
A leading character in the novel is one John Coetzee, winner of the Booker Prize for his novel Disgrace, and a former professor at the “University of Constantia”.
He has since gone to live in Adelaide in Australia, a feted man of letters. And going after him is Lucy Lurie, a former junior colleague at the university, who believes her gang rape by a number of black men on her father’s farm in the Boland inspired Coetzee’s prize-winning novel. Continue reading