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Hilux was born in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1990. Fascinated by literary fiction and booker prize winners from an early age, he focuses on telling intricate stories in an unconventional manner. He aims to be the first black South African Booker Prize Nice Skull Decoration is his first short novel.
on Dec. 18, 2011 :
Pay attention here. Hilux Wesizwe takes us for a ride as Death takes a holiday to check out the nightclub scene of Johannesburg through the eyes of Griffin and his friend, Chad Morrison. I suspect that there is a little Ulysses influence in Wesizwe's style, not that that is a bad thing. After all, Joyce was the master. Despite a few grammatical issues, it is a style that seems appropriate for the story. Images come at you fast so you need to grip the arms of your chair for this ride. This dark journey does reach a symbolic enlightment at the end. Whenever we seek the meaning of life, death will have to be a part of that search, and Wesizwe does a fine job of drawing us into this search through the youth culture of South Africa.
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