The Smell of Apples: A Novel

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1997 - Fiction - 200 pages
37 Reviews
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

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 turmoil and 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.
  

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

Coming on the heels of reading In a Different Time, Peter Harris' memoir of his work as an anti-apartheiddefense attorney, Mark Behr's debut novel extends my stay in South Africa. A tale of lost ... Read full review

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This was my 2nd read of the book. It's so well written. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
28
Section 4
30
Section 5
42
Section 6
100
Section 7
101
Section 8
120
Section 9
157
Section 10
167
Section 11
187
Section 12
198
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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.

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