The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo by Peter Orner

The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo

Peter Orner

A wonderfully warm,sympathetic and funny account of life in Namibia just after the end of apartheid. The stories are sometimes sad - sometimes horrific but the people are so real - coping like the rest of us with an everyday life that we can scarcely imagine.

Extract

Every moment is a death. We may go back and haunt them, but we may never possess them again. Who designed such a cruel mechanism as memory? Imagine yourself on a train. You see a boy walking the veld. He begins to raise his arm, his mouth widens. He's about to shout to you - and then nothing. The boy's gone before you even started to see him.

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