Welcome to Our Hillbrow (Phaswane Mpe)

"Hillbrow was a menacing monster."

"Hillbrow was a menacing monster."

South Africa / 2001

This is an amazing novel about the peculiar region of inner-Johannesburg known as "Hillbrow." Hillbrow is a real place and is a kind of microcosm for all the racial, economic and literal ills that plague post-apartheid South Africa. Written in a fast-paced second person perspective, Mpe brings Hillbrow to life. It teems with violence, friendship, angst, honesty and intense rhythm. This book is a great way to understand the complex issues that South Africa faced as a sort of fractured "rainbow nation." Unfortunately, Phaswane Mpe died suddenly at the age of 34, just three years after this book was published.

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