Etienne van Heerden

Agent: Isobel Dixon

Biography: Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. His prize-winning debut novel ANCESTRAL VOICES (TOORBERG) was published in 13 countries. Author of several novels including THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI (UK: Sceptre, 2002, and 6 other countries, Winner, M-Net Prize, South Africa, 2001. Chosen for Borders Original Voices and Book Sense 76.). 

'Dazzling storytelling magically weaves the fantastical with the everyday and lends a compelling power to the author's meditations on history, art and life.' -- The Guardian

‘One of South Africa's leading writers, Etienne van Heerden explores the dark regions of South Africa’s past and present with a comic brilliance that never blunts the power of his indictment of evil and intolerance.’ – Derek Attridge, Professor of English, University of York, editor of the Cambridge History of South African Literature 

 

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IN LOVE’S PLACE Literary Fiction, 456 pages. Penguin (SA), Aug 2013. Winner of the W A Hofmeyr Prize in 2005 and the ATKV prize for prose in 2006.   After his heart bypass operation former champion athlete Christian Lemmer needs to take stock of his life, especially when he inadvertently becomes the target of a Cape Flats gang.

IN LOVE’S PLACE

Literary Fiction, 456 pages. Penguin (SA), Aug 2013.

Winner of the W A Hofmeyr Prize in 2005 and the ATKV prize for prose in 2006.
 

After his heart bypass operation former champion athlete Christian Lemmer needs to take stock of his life, especially when he inadvertently becomes the target of a Cape Flats gang.

30 NIGHTS IN AMSTERDAM Literary fiction Tafelberg (SA) - November 2008 Henk de Melker is a lowly museum assistant from a small Eastern Cape town who must travel to Amsterdam to inherit the estate of his eccentric late aunt. Over the next thirty nights in Holland's capital city many secrets will be revealed and Henk will return to South Africa a changed man. 'An intense, energetic novel.’ -- Desmond Painter, Die Burger  

30 NIGHTS IN AMSTERDAM

Literary fiction
Tafelberg (SA) - November 2008

Henk de Melker is a lowly museum assistant from a small Eastern Cape town who must travel to Amsterdam to inherit the estate of his eccentric late aunt. Over the next thirty nights in Holland's capital city many secrets will be revealed and Henk will return to South Africa a changed man.

'An intense, energetic novel.’ -- Desmond Painter, Die Burger  

LEAP YEAR Literary fiction, 367 pages. Penguin (SA), July 1997 A powerful novel set against the landscape of the Eastern Cape. The families of Seamus Butler, wealthy farmer of 1820 Settler ancestry, and MaNdlovu Thandani, powerful black matriarch, threaten to fall apart as their worlds are shaken by political change and the discovery of oil in Port Cecil.  

LEAP YEAR

Literary fiction, 367 pages.
Penguin (SA), July 1997

A powerful novel set against the landscape of the Eastern Cape. The families of Seamus Butler, wealthy farmer of 1820 Settler ancestry, and MaNdlovu Thandani, powerful black matriarch, threaten to fall apart as their worlds are shaken by political change and the discovery of oil in Port Cecil.

 

THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI Literary fiction, 448 pages. Sceptre, new edition, February 2003. Ingi Deutschlander, a young art administrator, sets off from Cape Town into the stony planes of the Karoo to acquire a sculptor. Among the townspeople of all colours and creeds is Mario Salviati: stonemason, Italian prisoner of war, deaf, now blind - and dumb.  

THE LONG SILENCE OF MARIO SALVIATI

Literary fiction, 448 pages.
Sceptre, new edition, February 2003.

Ingi Deutschlander, a young art administrator, sets off from Cape Town into the stony planes of the Karoo to acquire a sculptor. Among the townspeople of all colours and creeds is Mario Salviati: stonemason, Italian prisoner of war, deaf, now blind - and dumb.