JOHANNES MEINTJIES DAGBOEKE –

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The South African painter Johannes Petrus Meintjes (19 May 1923 to 7 July 1980) was also historian and author, and his body of work includes twelve diaries, nine parts of which remained unpublished. Meintjes self‑published three volumes through his Bamboesberg publishing business in Molteno.

His first diary entry was on 13 February 1941 in Dagboek Deel 1 (published in 1961), while the last entry was recorded in Deel 12 (unpublished) on 5 July 1980, two days prior to his death.

In the end, it was Meintjes’s entry, “When I started on the Diary, I never realised that it would become my monument. If it were ever to appear as a single volume, who knows, it can be cut drastically…”( 30 January 1964, Diary Part IV, unpublished), that proved to be the inspiration behind the publication entitled Johannes Meintjes DAGBOEKE.

The various diaries, published and unpublished, represent a collected work that tells the story of Johannes Meintjes’s life in its entirety. The focus is on the people he met, and comments about political events and matters of faith. The compilers steered clear of deeply personal, nonsensical or malicious comments, while toning down accounts of his extensive social activities. The experience of pain and sadness is touched on briefly where appropriate. There are also references to health or financial issues that affected Meintjes’s creativity.

The compiler of the text, LM de Waal, was assisted by MRJ Opperman (responsible for images, and archivist of the Johannes Meintjes website).

AUTHOR: JOHANNES MEINTJIES
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PUBLICATION DATE MAY 2023

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