By Nadia Davids
"It is 1993. South Africa is close to overall transformation and in Walmer property, a hectic suburb at the slopes of Devil's height, fourteen-year-old Alia Dawood is set to endure a change of her personal. She watches with fascination and worry because the nationwide drama unfolds, longing to join what she understands to be historical past within the making. As her innovative aspirations enhance within the months sooner than the elections, her excessive, radical Uncle Waleed reappears, forcing her mom and dad and sister Nasreen to confront his subversive and hazardous earlier. Nadia David's first novel strikes throughout generations and groups, throughout the suburbs to town centre, from the plush gardens of personal colleges to the dingy bars of Observatory, from landmark mosques and church buildings to the manic procession of the Cape Carnival, via evictions, rebellions, political assassinations and primary loves. The booklet areas one family's tale on the middle of a country's rebirth and interrogates problems with religion, race, belonging and freedom." -- Publisher's website. Read more...
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They lived on one side of town and for most of that period we lived on the other side. I remember fully the kinds of debates that would be carried out between my grandfather and my father on religious questions. My grandfather had become much more of a modernist than my father on religious matters. My grandfather was a distinguished jurist, and my father was one of the leading figures in the country. It was therefore of great interest to watch the intense religious debates that were carried out between them.
Of course, they all knew my father very well. When my father walked down the street, he was like a king coming through. Everyone was just so polite towards him. I must tell you an episode which will tell you something about what kind of person he was. Once when I was a child we were walking on the street, and there was a man who was a shopkeeper who greeted us. My father was always very warm with simple people. So he replied with his own warm greetings and conversed with him. Then about a hundred yards farther the prime minister was passing by.
Things became more anonymous. We had no longer this intimacy with the shopkeepers, with the neighbors. It was already a more modern ambience because you had wider avenues like Shahreza Avenue, which was a very fashionable part of Tehran at that time. But as it would happen, as it was in the hands of destiny, from that period onward during the next several years, we did not stay very long in any single house. I do not know why my mother and father rented out our house and moved near the Czech embassy off Shah Avenue, where I cut my leg and I was bedridden for a while when my father was already sick after having had his accident.