Eben Venter wins first KykNET Report Book Award for Fiction

Eben Venter news Eben Venter's Wolf, Wolf (English translation by Michiel Heyns), (Tafelberg, 2013) was awarded the first KykNET Report Book Award for Fiction. In her report on behalf of the 2014 judges, Louise Viljoen called it a “powerful and disturbing novel” that explores the complex relationships between a group of characters against the background of a contemporary South African cityscape.

 She noted that on a collective level the novel - like many other texts in Afrikaans literature – is an exploration into Afrikaner claims to a life in Africa and the validity of their assumptions. She commended the apocalyptic associations and intertextual history contained in the title.

 Read the full report here.

  Read an interview with Eben Venter on the KykNET Report Book Prizes.

 Eban Venter is a teacher in Rhodes University's MA programme in Creative Writing and was the Mellon Writer in Residence in 2012. Hias previous novel, Santa Gamka (2009), was awarded three South African literary awards: the W.A. Hofmeyr prize (for the fourth time), the M-Net and the ATKV prize and Trencherman, published in English was long listed for the Sunday Times (South Africa) prize, 2009. His work has been translated into English, Dutch and German.

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