Launch of 'Because I Couldn't Kill You' by Kelly-Eve Koopman on August 7

In this debut collection, feminist and Khoisan activist Kelly-Eve Koopman grapples with the complex beauty and brutality of the everyday as she struggles with her family legacy. Join the author in conversation with Haji Mohamed Dawjee at the Book Lounge on August 7

30 July 2019 - 12:02
Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious - Kelly-Eve Koopman deftly navigates her identity in this debut collection.
Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious - Kelly-Eve Koopman deftly navigates her identity in this debut collection.
Image: MFBooks Joburg

In the shattered fantasy of rainbow-nation SA, there are many uncomfortable truths. Among these are family secrets - the legacies of traumas in the homes and bones of ordinary South African families.

In this debut collection, feminist and Khoisan activist Kelly-Eve Koopman grapples with the complex beauty and brutality of the everyday as she struggles with her family legacy. She tries unsuccessfully to forget her father - a not-so-prominent journalist and anti-apartheid activist, desperately mentally ill and expertly emotionally abusive - who has recently disappeared, leaving behind a wake of difficult memories.

Mesmerisingly, Koopman wades through the flotsam and jetsam of generations, among shipwrecks and sunken treasures, in an attempt at familial and collective healing.

Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, she faces up to herself as a brown, newly privileged 'elder millennial', caught between middle-class aspirations and social justice ideals. An artist, a daughter, a queer woman in love, she is in pursuit of healing, while trying to lose those last five kilogrammes, to the great disappointment of her feminist self.

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: Wednesday, August 7 (5.30pm for 6pm)
  • Venue: The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
  • Guest speaker: Haji Mohamed Dawjee
  • RSVP: booklounge@gmail.com

Article provided by MFBooks Joburg, an imprint of Jacana Media 


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