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3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Horrelpoot is die verhaal van 'n lewensveranderende reis. Op 'n re nnag in Australi bel Marlouw se suster met die versoek dat hy haar seun 'uit daardie donnerse land' moet gaan haal. En Marlouw, met sy mank voet en verstokte gees, glo dis sy lot om di opdrag uit te voer.
Published (first published September 1st 2008)
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Review originally published at Nudge.

First published in Afrikaans in 2006, Trencherman blends a retelling of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness with a dystopian vision of near-future South Africa.

Our protagonist, Martin Louw, is nicknamed Marlouw - a nod to the narrator of Conrad's novel. He and his sister Heleen now live comfortable lives as expats in Australia, a way of life that's upended when Heleen insists Marlouw return to the family's South African farm, Ouplaas, to find and bring home h
Jul 02, 2013 Charles rated it it was amazing
Hierdie Afrikaanse riller bring the onseker nagmerries van 'n Post-Apartheid Suid-Afrika na die leser se verbeelding. Eben Venter vertel van 'n avontuur in 'n kon-gewees-het Afrika. Pragtig en treffend.
Nov 25, 2016 Kristien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Anne Goodwin
Marlouw’s sister, Heleen, is worried. When her son, Koert, first went to visit his parents’ homeland in the Bloemfontein region of South Africa, he phoned or emailed almost every day, but now she hasn’t heard from him for weeks, and his last message was mostly gobbledygook. Reluctantly, but not without his own personal agenda, Marlouw agrees to travel from his home in Melbourne to try and find his nephew. Even if it weren’t for his club foot, the journey would be a difficult one in a country ...more
Vicki Wilson
Dec 08, 2014 Vicki Wilson rated it it was amazing
Eben Venter verras my altyd met sy pragtige prosa en besondere, somtyds skokende stories. Die storie van ń vernielde Suid-Afrika met geen krag or orde nie hou jou op jou tone met die blaai van elke bladsy.
Natasha Crane
Jul 03, 2016 Natasha Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book sometimes reread bits with translation but all fully understandable. Was quite philosophical but an enjoyable read.
Sep 14, 2010 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking and slightly scary projection of a devastated SA without electricity or law and order.
Well written and also beautifully translated into English.
Excellent book. Opens up a fictional view of the future of South Africa that many imagine to be the country's destiny.
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