Rusty Bell

‘Mohlele’s voice is novel and shows a concern ... for beautiful language for its own sake.’– Percy Zvomuya, Mail & Guardian

“I wrestled with life and lost.” So begins the story of Michael, a corporate lawyer known to his colleagues and associates as Sir Marvin, who picks his way – sometimes delicately, but more often in his own blundering way – through the unfathomable intricacies that make up a life: love and anger, humility and ambition, trust and distrust, selfishness and selflessness. A flawed individual with an acute understanding of the roads that must be navigated to achieve even the slightest insight into the human condition. In this study in introspection, embroidered with lyrical prose and astonishing intuition, the hero, meditative and melancholic, is at once both tragic and comic.

“A writer who wields his pen with flair and confidence.’ – Arja Sala Franco, The Star Tonight


Nthikeng Mohlele was partly raised in Limpopo and Tembisa Township, and attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art, Publishing Studies and African Literature. He is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: The Scent of Bliss (2008), Small Things (2013), Rusty Bell (2014) and Pleasure (2016). Pleasure won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing in English. It has also been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. 

ISBN 978-1-4314-2664-5
GENRE Fiction
FORMAT Paperback
SIZE 212x136mm
EXTENT 192pp
RIGHTS World rights
RELEASE May 2018