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Zirk van den Berg
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Namibian born, South African-raised and now resident New Zealander, Zirk van den Berg wrote his first stories at age 12. At 18, he managed to get a Kafkaesque love story published in a popular consumer magazine. His first book, a collection of short stories, appeared in 1989. Ekstra dun vir meer gevoel was critically acclaimed and the stories were widely anthologised, among others in an authoritative overview of 100 years of Afrikaans short fiction.
Next came the historical novel Wydsbeen, based on a real, rather Quixotic, rebel in 17th Century South Africa. Partway through writing what was to become his first novel in English, Nobody Dies, Zirk van den Berg emigrated to New Zealand. ’n Ander Mens is the Afrikaans translation of Nobody Dies.
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