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Born on 19/10/1963 (format : day/month/year)Biography :
Mark Behr born October 19, 1963 is a South African writer.
Mark Behr was born in Tanzania in 1963, and moved as a child to South Africa. He was educated in South Africa, Norway, and the United States. The Smell of Apples won South Africa's biggest literary prize, the M-Net Award, The Eugene Marais Award, and the CNA Debut Literary Award. It also received the Betty Trask Award for the best first novel published in the United Kingdom, and was shortlisted for both the Steinbeck and Guardian Literary Awards.
Set in the bitter twilight of apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s, The Smell of Apples is a haunting story narrated by eleven-year-old Marnus Erasmus, who records the social turmoiland racial oppression that are destroying his own land. Using his family as a microcosm of the corroding society at large, Marnus tells a troubling tale of a childhood corrupted, of unexpected sexual defilements, and of an innocence gone astray.
Behr’s second novel, Embrace (2000) was short-listed for The Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Encore Award in the United Kingdom.Behr has also written short stories and essays and is currently the Associate Professor of World Literature and Fiction Writing at the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is extensively translated and has received awards from the Los Angeles Times, the British Society of Authors and the South African Academy of Sciences and the Arts. He travels regularly between the USA and South Africa.
Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times
Winner of the M-Net Award
Winner of The Eugene Marais Award
Winner of the CNA Literary Award
Winner of the Betty Trask Award
A Booker Prize Nominee
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