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Johannes van Melle

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Johannes van Melle was born in 1887 in The Netherlands.

He is best known for his novel, Bart Nel de opstandeling, which appeared in 1936 in Dutch with dialogue written in Afrikaans. The novel was based on his experiences as participant in the 1914 Rebellion and subsequent emprisonment. The complete Afrikaans version appeared in 1942 with the title En ek is nog hy and only appeared as Bart Nel in 1951. Bart Nel is considered a classic work of Afrikaans fiction.

Van Melle died in 1953 in Johannesburg.

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