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Trencherman | General Fiction

Eben Venter

Trencherman is the story of a life-changing journey.

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.

On the trail of the principal character Marlow in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, he leaves for Africa – more specifically South Africa – which lies in ruins following an explosion and is collapsing under the violence of warring factions.

Drenched in sweat after an ominous flight, his exodus carries him 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 their 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 …

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Trencherman | General Fiction


Author: Eben Venter
Category: General Fiction
ISBN: 9780624046516
Date Released: 30 May 2008
Price (incl. VAT): R 290.00
Format: Softcover, 308 pp

About this author

Eben Venter


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...