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Michel Faber

Netherlands (1960 - )

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation and criticism of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English texts) and English Literature. He graduated in 1980. He worked as a cleaner and at various other casual jobs, before training as a nurse at Marrickville and Western Suburbs hospitals in Sydney. He nursed until the mid-1990s. In 1993 he, his second wife and family emigrated to Scotland, where they still reside.
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The Pleasant Light of Day
The Pleasant Light of Day (2009)
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"An extraordinary good writer."

Visitation (2010)
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"Extraordinarily strong... Erpenbeck is one of the finest, most exciting authors alive."

Diving Belles and Other Stories (2012)
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"Fresh, distinctive voices are actually very rare."

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