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Title:'You can't go home again': from Karel Schoeman's 'Na die geliefde land' to Jason Xenopoulos's 'Promised Land'
Author:Marx, LesleyISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:25
Issue:2
Pages:20-31
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:novels
cinema
translation
About person:Karel Schoeman (1939-)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131750802348376
Abstract:This article examines the changes rung on Karel Schoeman's novel 'Na die geliefde land' (1972) by the 2003 film adaptation 'Promised Land', directed by Jason Xenopoulos. Schoeman's novel was first translated into English in 1978 and then into film, a transformation of medium that would radically alter its meanings. The crucial effects and demands of the medium of film as well as the historical moment of production are taken into account to conclude that the filmic updating of the novel is interesting, finally, for its use of its source material as a vehicle for commenting on postapartheid South Africa and the world of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, rather than as an exploration of how Schoeman's play with exilic consciousness might be brought to screen. Bibliogr., filmogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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