A powerful contemporary retelling of Heart of Darkness.

One rainy night in Australia, Marlouw's sister phones with the request that he fetch her son 'from that bloody country'. And Marlouw, with his club foot and hardened spirit, believes it is his fate to carry out this instruction.

Drenched in sweat after an ominous flight, his exodus takes him through a South Africa where poverty is rife, infrastructure has collapsed, AIDs has become widespread, and corruption reigns. He is told: 'the whites who've stayed on, stay because they're not able to leave'. Yet still he journeys deeper into the unknown - past the suffering masses alongside the road to the outer darkness of the rural areas.

There are rumours that Koert is on the old family farm, now in the possession of the family's former workers. That there, guarded and isolated, he has built himself a powerful empire as the King of Meat. Here, on Ouplaas, at the end of Marlouw's terrible journey, the heart of terror is cut open ...

PRAISE FOR EBEN VENTER

'This post-apocalyptic successor to Heart of Darkness excavates the traumas of a nation ... Trencherman can be read as one of the foundational texts of post-1994 South African speculative fiction.' The Guardian

'A masterful book, lovingly translated.' The Weekend Australian

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"It's a powerful book, a dystopic vision of the future of South Africa." - J M Coetzee


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Paperback Editions

June 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Trencherman
Author(s): Eben Venter
ISBN: 1-5252-2563-4 / 978-1-5252-2563-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
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March 2016 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Trencherman
Author(s): Eben Venter
ISBN: 1-925228-36-3 / 978-1-925228-36-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Scribe Publications
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May 2008 : South Africa Paperback

Title: Trencherman
Author(s): Eben Venter
ISBN: 0-624-04651-6 / 978-0-624-04651-6 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Tafelberg Publishers Ltd
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Trencherman
Author(s): Eben Venter
Publisher: Scribe
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU