Cruel Crazy Beautiful World

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South Africa, 2004; Jerusalem (half Muslim, half Jew) is a young student with poetic leanings. Zero, his buccaneering father, will no longer fund his ephemeral lifestyle.
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South Africa, 2004; Jerusalem (half Muslim, half Jew) is a young student with poetic leanings. Zero, his buccaneering father, will no longer fund his ephemeral lifestyle. So he is sent away from the city to Hermanus to learn to stand on his own two feet by selling ethnic curios to tourists. During his forced exile he takes on a Tanzanian refugee boy as his fellow trader and falls for the beautiful yet elusive Lotte. At the same time Jabulani, a Zimbabwean teacher, loses his job for making a satirical remark about Mugabe and heads south in a bid to find a life beyond the chaos of Zimbabwe. Across the border he is captured and held as a slave worker on a marijuana farm, but escapes, and heads towards the Cape where his life will intersect with Jeru’s. The characters work out their intertwining destinies against a landscape of breathtaking natural beauty and a backdrop of casual violence and xenophobia. It’s a world one will not easily forget; its scents and colours and energetic characters will linger long in readers’ imaginations.

About the Author
Blacklaws
' first published novel, Karoo Boy, was released in 2004. The book was described as "a riotous vision of 1976 Cape Town" in Anderson Tepper's Village Voice review and "sensual, cinematic" in The New York Times. Chris Martin of the band Coldplay, called Karoo Boy "the most colourful book I have ever read".

His second novel to be published, Blood Orange, the story of a white boy in Africa, was released in 2005 and is a fusion of memoir and fiction. The novel was adapted to the stage by Blacklaws, Greig Coetzee and Craig Morris. The play, directed by Coetzee, was first performed by Morris at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, South Africa, in July 2006.

In 2010 Blacklaws published a fable Bafana Bafana : A Story of Soccer, Magic and Mandela. Vikas Swarup, author of Slumdog Millionaire, had this to say of it: "A magical fable. Troy Blacklaws effortlessly conjures up the sights, sounds and rhythms of the South African landscape."

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Parameters of Book: Book
Author: Troy Blacklaws
ISBN: 9781431402502
E-book ISBN: 9781431403301
Size (mm): 136x212mm
Pages: 224pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: Southern Africa
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011-12-15