Die Dao van Daan van der Walt, Lodewyk’s debut novel, was published in 2018, when he was 80. It went on to sweep six of the most prestigious Afrikaans literary prizes, and has been translated into English by Michiel Heyns as The Dao of Daniel.
A 69-year-old Kalahari farmer and widower travels to China to meet his estranged son. But China – its history, language and beliefs – challenges everything Daniel van der Walt has ever believed in, stirring up long-buried emotions and secrets.
Lodewyk G du Plessis will be talking to internationally acclaimed author Tan Twan Eng about his novel and how he came to write it.