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Cruel Crazy Beautiful World

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Troy Blacklaws is a South African writer whose work uses the lens of his own boyhood to illuminate the reality of living under apartheid. After moving from Natal, South Africa, to the Cape with his family at the age of nine, Blacklaws learned the truth behind the divisions in his country, first as a student at Paarl Boys' High and then as a draftee for the army, where he spent two bitter years as an objector. Shortlisted for the Prix Femina for Karoo Boy, Blacklaws is a graduate of Rhodes University and has taught at international schools in Frankfurt, Vienna, and Singapore. He now lives and teaches in Luxembourg.


"Mesmerizing and evocative. I am in awe." --Deon Meyer, author of Blood Safari and Trackers "Cruel Crazy Beautiful World beautifully chronicles the hazardous fates of the scatterlings that immense historical waves leave on the beach." --Phillip Noyce, director of Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Quiet American "Bold, poetic, terrifying." --Terry Westby-Nunn, author of The Sea of Wise Insects "The words immediately took me into the world of the novel and made me look in a fresh way into the room behind the eyes." --Witi Ihimaera, author of The Whale Rider

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