By Phaswane Mpe

 Welcome to Our Hillbrow is a thrilling and aggravating journey throughout the chaotic and hyper-real region of Hillbrow—microcosm of all that's contradictory, pleasing, and painful within the postapartheid South African psyche. every thing is there: the shattered desires of teenybopper, sexuality and its unpredictable charges, AIDS, xenophobia, suicide, the all-powerful violence that frequently cuts brief the promise of younger people’s lives, and the Africanist realizing of the lifestyles continuum that doesn't finish with dying yet flows on into an ancestral realm. Infused with the rhythms of the inner-city pulsebeat, this brave novel is compelling in its honesty and its huge imaginative and prescient, which hyperlinks Hillbrow, rural Tiragalong, and Oxford. It spills out the heart of Hillbrow—living with an identical power and intimate wisdom with which the Drum writers wrote Sophiatown into being.

 

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