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South Africa’s Heart of Darkness

Kurtz becomes Koert — an impressively disturbing figure — in this reworking of Conrad’s story, set on a run-down former Afrikaner homestead

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

2 April 2016

9:00 AM

Trencherman Eben Venter, translated by Luke Stubbs

Scribe Publications, pp.336, £12.99, ISBN: 9781925228366

Trencherman was first published in Afrikaans in 2006 and translated into English for a South African readership shortly afterwards, but has only now found a UK publisher. Eben Venter — one of the notable voices in white South African writing post-Apartheid — has been ‘temporarily’ based in Australia for more than two decades, but returns to his home for stories.

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