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REVIEW | Uvile Ximba’s Dreaming in Colour is a psychedelic meditation on being queer and black in South Africa

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Dreaming in Colour by Uvile Ximba (Modjaji Books).
Dreaming in Colour by Uvile Ximba (Modjaji Books).

BOOK: Dreaming in Colour by Uvile Ximba (Modjaji Books)

Spoilers ahead. 

The plot of Uvile Ximba’s Dreaming in Colour is told from the viewpoints of its protagonist couple, Khwezi and Langa. It meanders through a long list of loosely connected things like matric dances, university protests on rape culture (#RUReferenceList) as well as structural exclusion (#RhodesMustFall) and the vagaries of early adulthood. There’s an impressive realism to the looseness of the plot: real life is an occasional stream of consciousness, distractions and impressions. For many, the sense of continuity is a storytelling convenience, not an experienced reality.

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