K. Sello Duiker : The Quite Violence of dreams
Life Duiker, the eldest of three brothers, was born in Orlando West, Soweto and raised in Soweto at the height of apartheid by middle-class university-educated parents. Sent out of the township to attend a Catholic primary school from grade 5 and went first to La Salle College until grade 7 and his early high school years he was sent on to Redhill School, an elite institution where he was one of the very few black pupils. Duiker was schooled at the height of Apartheid; this influenced him greatly. He spent 2 years in England as a sixth form student at Huntington School, York before returning to South Africa to attend university where he studied copy-writing. Duiker worked for an advertising company before scriptwriting for the soapie Backstage. Duiker received a degree in journalism from Rhodes University, and also briefly studied at the University of Cape Town. Duiker used drugs such as LSD, Marijuana and others. After his expulsion from college, he was institutionalized at a psychiatric hospital. After release, he wrote Thirteen Cents in two months. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 2004 prior to committing suicide by hanging himself in Northcliff, Johannesburg, in January 2005. It is speculated that Duiker had bipolar disorder or borderline schizophrenia. Duiker was working as a commissioning editor at the SABC at the time of his death. He had gone off his medication as he believed that it was suppressing his creativity. Duiker read the eulogy at the funeral of fellow young novelist Phaswane Mpe, also from suicide, a month before his own death.
The Quite Violence Of Dreams
The Quiet Violence of Dreams is set in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan neighborhoods – Observatory, Mowbray and Sea Point – where subcultures thrive and alternative lifestyles are tolerated. The plot revolves around Tshepo, a student at Rhodes, who gets confined to a Cape Town mental institution after an episode of ‘cannabis-induced psychosis’. He escapes but is returned to the hospital and completes his rehabilitation, earns his release – and promptly terminates his studies. He now works as a waiter and shares an apartment with a newly released prisoner. The relationship with his flatmate deteriorates and Tshepo loses his job at the Waterfront. Desperate for an income, he finds work at a male massage parlour, using the pseudonym Angelo. The novel explores Tshepo-Angelo’s coming to consciousness of his sexuality, sexual orientation, and place in the world.
Kgabetle Moele : Room 207
Kgebetli Moele is a South African writer born in Polokwane, South Africa, best known for his novels Room 207, UNTITLED and The Book of the Dead. Moele’s first book, Room 207, was published in 2006 and went on to win first prize for both the University of Johannesburg prize and the Herman Charles Bosman Prize. In 2010 he won the South African Literary Award for his second book The Book of the Dead. In 2011, he participated in the International Writing Program (IWP) Fall Residency at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA
University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing in the debut category (2007)
Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English fiction (2007)
Kgebetli Moele’s raw, beautiful prose exposes a world in which humour and despair exist in equal measures, a world where the need to succeed, to strike it rich, brings out the best and the worst of human nature. Room 207 takes the reader to a Jo’burg that is the very heart of South Africa, to a room in which six young men struggle to make their dreams come true in the ‘dream city’.
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