978-1-928337-84-3 | R250 | Available at all good bookstores nationwide
Seraphin Turihamwe is a young man whose life is characterised by movement. After leaving Rwanda under duress and never feeling at rest in Namibia, which he believes is slow and boring, he finds himself fighting to fit in in Cape Town. So much about the city is designed to push people like him out. Through his interactions with a few reluctant mentors, loyal friends and the women he carries on relationships with, he explores and performs different parts of his identity while dealing with other issues of family, race, immigrant life and love.
Seraphin and his pursuit and struggle for inner peace and identity effortlessly meld together geography, history and how one’s experience of a place can be perceived as a relatable journey. The themes of movement or displacement, life as an immigrant or refugee and the life of a black youth are neatly unpacked. His relationships with women become markers of the passing of time and lessons learnt and provide insight into who he is and who he wants to be. Whether he ever finds rest and truly comes to know himself is up to the reader to decide.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rémy Ngamije is a 29-year-old Rwandan-born Namibian writer, photographer, graphic designer and English educator living and working in Windhoek, Namibia. He holds BA law and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Rémy currently works at St George’s Diocesan School where he teaches high school English and writes a weekly column for The Weekender, a supplement of The Namibian, Namibia’s largest daily newspaper. His writing portfolio, which consists of short stories, long-form social and pop culture commentary and travel writing, can be found on his personal website, remythequill.com, one of the most widely read creative portals in southern Africa. He is also the owner and manager of The Salsa Windhoek Social Club, the only full-time salsa dancing collective in Namibia.