Tony Eprile

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Tony Eprile is a South African writer.

Early life[edit]

Tony Eprile was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1955 to Jewish parents.[1][2] He emigrated with his parents to the United States between 1970 and 1972 and as of 2004 lives in Vermont.[3][4]

He has taught at Northwestern University, Williams College, Bennington College, Lesley University, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.[5]


Eprile is the author of the 1989 book Temporary Sojourner and Other South African Stories,[6] which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.[7]

His 2004 book The Persistence of Memory[3][8][9] won the Koret Jewish Book Award.[10] The novel was also a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was listed as a best book of 2004 by The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.[citation needed]


Short stories[edit]

  • Temporary Sojourner and Other South African Stories (1989)



  1. ^ "the ILANOT Review".
  2. ^ Switzerland), Posen Library of Jewish culture and civilization (Lucerne (20 November 2012). The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, Volume 10: 1973-2005. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300135534 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Brawarsky, Sandee (9 September 2004). "'Memory' Shapes Life and History". Jewish Journal.
  4. ^ Taliaferro, Frances (13 June 2004). "Laughter and Forgetting". Washington Post (book review).
  5. ^ Cornwell, Gareth; Klopper, Dirk; Mackenzie, Craig (13 April 2010). The Columbia Guide to South African Literature in English Since 1945. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231503815 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Rochman, Hazel (20 August 1989). "Where Men Are Boys Even Now" – via
  7. ^ "Eprile, Tony 1955(?)- |".
  8. ^ Tait, Theo (8 August 2004). "Truth and Reconciliation". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Ah, but the land is unforgettable". Los Angeles Times. 18 July 2004.
  10. ^ "Jewish book awards get facelift". 7 March 2006.