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Venter, Eben

Eben Venter was raised on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa. He read philosophy at university and migrated to Australia in 1986 when a State of Emergency was declared.

Venter has published nine works of fiction (six novels, two short story collections and a column & recipe book.) His last 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.

His work has been translated in English, Dutch and German. His last English novel, "Trencherman", was long listed for the Sunday Times (South Africa) prize, 2009.

He was writer-in-residence at Rhodes University, South Africa in 2012.

An alumni achiever award was bestowed on him by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in November 2011.

A highlight of his career was his 2006 writer-in-residency at NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, one of Europe's most prestigious postgraduate institutions, and lectures by invitation at the Free University of Amsterdam and the University of Kyoto, Japan.

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