By Fiona Melrose
6 December 2013. Johannesburg.
Gin has again domestic from long island to throw a celebration for her mother's 80th birthday; a couple of blocks away, on the place of abode, Nelson Mandela's relatives organize to announce Tata's death...
So starts Johannesburg, Fiona Melrose's searing moment novel.
An irascible mom, an frightened daughter attempting to negotiate her birthplace and her previous, her former lover, their household employees, a homeless hunchback scuffling with for justice, a mining rich person, a afflicted novelist known as Virginia - those are the characters who provide voice to town on an afternoon sizzling with nerves and rigidity and background.
Set around the process a unmarried day - that of Nelson Mandela's dying - Melrose's moment novel is a hymn to a unprecedented urban and its humans, an bold homage to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, and a devastating own and political manifesto on love.
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