Karel Schoeman

South African writer

Karel Schoeman (26 October 1939 – 1 May 2017) was a South African novelist, historian, and translator. He was the author of 19 novels and many works of history. He was one of South Africa's most honored authors.

Karel Schoeman
Born(1939-10-26)26 October 1939
Trompsburg, Orange Free state,
South Africa
Died1 May 2017(2017-05-01) (aged 77)
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
OccupationNovelist, Historian
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of the Free State
GenreProse Fiction, Biography, History

Schoeman wrote mainly in Afrikaans, although several of his non-fiction books were originally written in English. His novels are increasingly being translated into other languages, notably, English, French and Dutch.

Shoeman died in an act of suicide by refusing to eat or drink at a retirement center in South Africa at the age of 77.[1]

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  1. Kyle Cowan (May 2, 2017). "Renowned author Karel Schoeman described how he took his own life". Times Live. Retrieved May 2, 2017.