Set in Salt River, in the shadow of the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960, By the Fading Light is a masterful evocation of the lives of three young boys, and how they come to confront an awful truth.
By The Fading Light by Ashraf Kagee
The Year is 1960, and in the vibrant community of Salt River, fear is everywhere. A boy, Amin Gabriels, has disappeared. His Friends, Ainey, Cassius and Haroun, on the cusp of adolescence, worry that they might be next to go missing.
Things are not as they seem in Ashraf Kagee’s startling and profound evocation of Salt River in 1960, as he traces the lives of Amin’s three friends. The boys, mischievous and fun-loving, play a prank which sets in motion a series of events that places their lives at risk. In this gripping story, they discover an awful truth about their community. Set in the aftermath of the Sharpeville Massacre, the lives of four young boys weave together in a story of lost innocence, the uncertainty of kinship ties, and the unbending nature of fate.