The Smell of Apples by Mark Behr

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The harsh realities of 1970s South African apartheid are witnessed by young Marnus Erasmus, in a story of corrupted childhood, sexual abuse, lost innocence, and a society driven to the edge of despair. A first novel. Winner of the CNA Literary Prize & the Eugene Marais Prize.

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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.
Published March 15, 1997 by Picador. 200 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror. Fiction

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When Marnus accidentally learns that his mother is having an affair and then witnesses his father sexually molesting Marnus's best friend, Frikkie, the sweet smell of apples is gone forever.

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``The dreams of the parents become the dreams of the children,'' observes Marnus Erasmus, the 10-year-old son of an affluent white South African family of the early 1970s.

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