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ReadSA Profile: Richard de Nooy

Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus ShotRichard de NooyMY BOOK: Six Fang Marks and a Tetanus Shot (Jacana)

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Two accident-prone brothers leave a trail a carnage scattered across two continents in their vain attempt to stay out of trouble.

WHO’LL LOVE IT: It’s Jackass for intellectuals, so almost anyone with a brain cell to spare will probably enjoy the brothers’ antics and perceive the underlying tragedy.

WHERE TO GET IT: It used to rub shoulders with J.M. Coetzee on African Fiction shelves in most book shops, but JMC apparently needed more space. Stray copies have been spotted here and there, but it’s definitely an endangered species in the wild. It’s available online at Kalahari and Amazon almost everywhere.

ABOUT AUTHOR: Born in Holland in 1965, grew up in South Africa, but re-emigrated to Holland in 1986 when offered the dubious honour of full SA citizenship, which then included two years of fun in the sun with heavy artillery.

Studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam to confirm that I wasn’t afflicted with anything serious, only to contradict this vehemently by opting to become a translator as a means of funding my writing. Still suffering the consequences of that misguided decision.

CURRENTLY LIVING IN: Amsterdam, Netherlands, which sadly offers a lot less sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll than initially anticipated. Rain, on the other hand, is in no short supply.

AUTHOR’ S CLAIM TO FAME: Winner of the University of Johannesburg Prize for Best First Book in 2007. Honourable mention for the M-Net Literary Award 2007. Longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2007. Recipient of a grant from the Dutch Foundation for Literature to write my new novel in Dutch.

WHEN WRITING: I am as irritable as a warthog sharing a burrow with a porcupine. My family hates me, my friends don’t call, and I constantly have to suppress the urge to insult people online. There are those who claim that the above also applies when I’m not writing.

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  • <a href="http://fionasnyckers.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Fiona</a>
    Fiona
    November 12th, 2009 @09:22 #
     
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    Hahaha! This is great, Richard. I'm enjoying these ReadSA profiles very much.

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    November 12th, 2009 @09:41 #
     
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    me too, you too, this too.

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  • <a href="http://readsa.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Damaria Senne</a>
    Damaria Senne
    November 12th, 2009 @09:58 #
     
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    @fiona and collen- I'm glad.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 12th, 2009 @10:14 #
     
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    Glad you enjoyed it. Excellent initiative. Only after reading Louis' profile did I realise I could make up my own questions. I have plenty more answers up my sleeve - e.g. Bucharest, the hypotenuse, chihuahua, Archimedes, perhaps, a gerund, heterosexual, bananas, and many more - so feel free to hit me with any questions you might have.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    November 12th, 2009 @10:18 #
     
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    He lives!

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 12th, 2009 @10:33 #
     
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    Helleluja!

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    November 12th, 2009 @11:21 #
     
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    I will vouch for one day in your life when you were utterly charming. Don't know about the rest, but I suspect the hypotenuse hedgehog and heterosexual warthog hate state is exaggerated.

    But it's good, Richard, all good. Don't want to soak your mask off. Why don't you come to our Ban'quet? You can get more rain here if you haven't had enough in Amsterdam.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 12th, 2009 @11:55 #
     
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    Only "rather funny"? This man has been known to make me slap my knees, choke on my tea, fall off my chair twitching as my kitties look on in alarm. But then I rather like his habit of insulting people on line, so that makes me nearly as daft as he is.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 12th, 2009 @13:45 #
     
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    Thank you both for warming the cockles of my stone-cold heart.

    I hope they invent some form of affordable time travel and cloning technology before Ban'quet Day.

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  • ar
    ar
    November 12th, 2009 @17:14 #
     
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    Good news Richard! The LHC (which everyone knows is a time machine actually, duh) has been having Splash Events and Beam Shots (it’s true, man! Don’t listen to the stuff about the baguette. You can even check - http://cmsdoc.cern.ch/cms/performance/FirstBeam/cms-e-commentary09.htm ), which means it’s definitely probably going to deliver something, sometime. It might deliver mysterious missing energy and unparticles, but I also hope it delivers my granny ‘cos I miss her. I sort of don’t hope it delivers, like, Tyrannosaurus Rex or Pol Pot though you know? Anyhow. Just sit tight, bugs and baguettes and pesky interferers-with-it-from-the-future will be ironed out, Higgs willing, and it’ll be good to go soon enough. I for one am very incited.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    November 12th, 2009 @19:07 #
     
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    Your definition of good news is unlike any other I have ever seen.

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    November 12th, 2009 @22:17 #
     
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    AR, we have spoken before about those mushrooms that grow at the bottom of your garden.

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  • ar
    ar
    November 12th, 2009 @22:41 #
     
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    But. But. Time travel you know... questions. Answers? Richard mentioned bananas... liesl said about soaking masks... and I wanted to ask, because Richard said to hit him with questions and all I had was answers but now I have a question about caterpillars and how long they take to make cocoons because these ones have been on my tree for three months now already and they seem to have no ambition. Sigh. Alright. I know where the naughty step is. If anyone wants to know where to find me...

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    November 13th, 2009 @08:49 #
     
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    just had to lol before getting on with some work

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