BOOK EXCERPT | ‘A long forgotten essay: The Last Ticket Out of Town’

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As a part of the virtual South African Book Fair, Rémy Ngamije will be in conversation with founders of other African literary journals. (Cover courtesy of Blackbird Books) (Photo courtesy of Abantu Book Festival)
As a part of the virtual South African Book Fair, Rémy Ngamije will be in conversation with founders of other African literary journals. (Cover courtesy of Blackbird Books) (Photo courtesy of Abantu Book Festival)

Written by Séraphin Turihamwe this essay about Windhoek, Namibia is the prologue of Rémy Ngamije’s debut novel 'Eternal Audience of One'. 

WINDHOEK HAS THREE temperatures: hot, mosquito, and fucking cold. The city is allowed two or three days of mild spring weather in early September before the unrelenting heat crowds them out until May. The summers are long and sweaty, so much so that job offers can be sweetened by throwing in the promise of air-conditioning (and an overseeing committee to adjudicate on room temperature disputes because white people do not know how to share). Summer nights are stifling.

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