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REVIEW | Misfit: Chase Rhys' brilliant short takes are a Kaaps collage portrait of self and society

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Misfit: Stories vannie Anne Kant by Chase Rhys. (Kwela)
Misfit: Stories vannie Anne Kant by Chase Rhys. (Kwela)

BOOK: Misfit: Stories vannie Anne Kant by Chase Rhys (Kwela)

Misfit will alter your mind by invading and extending your consciousness in short takes from a most diverse, tough and vulnerable corner of South Africa.

It requires a little effort of attention initially, for a white Afrikaans-speaker, to get into the Kaaps language, by subvocalising as you read. The words on the page at first seem both familiar and obscure, but as soon as you "hear" them, they spring to life with all the power and vigour one hears on the streets of Cape Town. The language, now studied in academia, is characterised by elisions of consonants and a ready adoption and adaptation of new words from other languages and new experiences such as Covid and AI.

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