In Paradise in Gaza, Niq Mhlongo masterfully weaves the thread of mystery through a novel set in a time when black people’s movement to and from cities was severely constrained. He tells the tale of a village steeped in culture and the people that it binds together.
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Paradise In Gaza by Niq Mhlongo
When Mpisi Mpisani travels to his home village for the burial of his mother and a visit to his first wife, he is anxious to hurry back to Johannesburg. His second wife, waiting in Soweto, will give birth soon. Giyani, his eight year old son, accompanies him.
But when Giyani disappears, Mpisi stays to search for him. He tries to ignore the villagers who blame magic for the boy’s disappearance. Meanwhile Mpisi’s city wife, Ntombazi, bears a boy with a birthmark that seems to be a sign…