Nominated by:

City of Cape Town Library & Information Services, South Africa

Publisher of nominated edition:

Picador Africa


Nthikeng Mohlele      

2018 Longlist

The notion of pleasure in all its guises is one of the oldest and most enduring grand themes of literature, presented here through the eyes and thoughts of writer and dreamer Milton Mohlele. Thoughtful, eccentric and besieged by the erotic and the sensual, the profane and the redemptive, Milton thinks and writes on pleasure as it is both experienced and imagined.

Drawn against the canvas of wartime Europe and modern-day Cape Town, South Africa, Milton sacrifices all for glimpses into the secrets and deceptions of pleasure – and how powerless those apparent insights are in the vast scale of life in its glory and absurdity.

About the author

Nthikeng Mohlele is the author of four novels: The Scent of Bliss (Kwela Books, 2008); Small Things (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2013), which was translated into Swedish as Joburg Blues (Weyler Förlag, 2014); Rusty Bell (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 2014; and Pleasure. Mohlele was listed by Bloomsbury Publishing, the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club among the 39 most promising authors under the age of 40 from sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. He lives and works in Johannesburg.

(from publisher)

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