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Excitement Rising for the International Publication of Eben Venter’s Wolf, Wolf

Wolf, WolfThe Sydney Morning Herald has revealed the list of books they are excited to see released in 2015, including Eben Venter‘s Wolf, Wolf, which will be published by Scribe in February.

The Afrikaans edition of the novel, also titled Wolf, Wolf, won the fiction prize at the inaugural kykNET-Rapport Book Awards, while the English edition was shortlisted for the 2014 Sunday Times Fiction Prize.

Wolf, Wolf is a passionate, disturbing novel set in contemporary South Africa about the unravelling ties between a dying father and his son, and about the changing identity of Afrikaners in post-apartheid South Africa.

World literature, written in English or in English translation, is a notable feature of the 2015 list. Such books include Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan’s Beauty Is a Wound (Text, September); Raj Kamal Jha’s She Will Build Him a City, described as “Midnight’s Children for the new millennium” (Bloomsbury, March); Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker’s June (Scribe, July); Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings, based on an attempted assassination of Bob Marley (Oneworld, January); South African-born Australian resident Eben Venter’s Wolf, Wolf (Scribe, February); and two books from the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel (Natural Histories and The Body Where I was Born, both UWA Publishing, May). Fans will welcome the fourth novel in Norwegian Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series (Harvill Secker, March).

Simon Savidge and Gavin Pugh, two UK based book bloggers known as The Readers, spoke about the books they are most excited about in 2015 on their Book Based Banter podcast, highlighting Wolf, Wolf. The discussion of Venter’s book starts just after the 30 minute mark:

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