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Etienne van Heerden's books have been published in twelve languages. He studied law, qualified as an attorney and later moved to writing and teaching. He is professor in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town and the founder-editor of www.litnet.co.za, the largest online multilingual cultural community in South Africa. His books include Ancestral Voices, Leap Year, Kikuyu, Mad Dog and Other Stories, and Casspirs and Camparis. He was a member of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program in the nineties.