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Die stille Gewalt der Träume My review cannot begin to cover the complexity of this novel s six hundred pages Set in Cape Town, this book is looks at post apartheid society through the lens of sex, desire, and race The main character here is Tshepo but the narrative is made up of alternating points of view of his friends and people he meets along the way at the psychiatric institution, his home, and work The language is plain, almost like direct speech, and reads like multiple diaries because each chapter is first person My review cannot begin to cover the complexity of this novel s six hundred pages Set in Cape Town, this book is looks at post apartheid society through the lens of sex, desire, and race The main character here is Tshepo but the narrative is made up of alternating points of view of his friends and people he meets along the way at the psychiatric institution, his home, and work The language is plain, almost like direct speech, and reads like multiple diaries because each chapter is first person POV.A key part of the early sections of novel deal with Tshepo s struggle with mental illness and the horrible system that underlies treatment The author took his own life in 2005 when he was thirty Reading about Tshepo s struggle with depression is particularly poignant in that light Tshepo is an idealist, a sensitive dreamer, and has endured childhood trauma due to his father s criminal dealings He is curious and can t adjust to society as he knows it Part of the book is of him coming to terms with his desire for men, and what was interesting is the depiction of sex work as a means for him to do that There are long dialectical passages in this book about race, gender, sex, and mysticism A lot of this involves conversations that Tshepo has with others In allowing other characters to speak from their point of view, the novel is polyphonic and allows for competing or contradictory lines of thought The mysticism aspect weakens the book, for me, but I also wonder if I m not supposed to read it straight in that it s meant to draw attention to Tshepo s increasingly mentally erratic state after suffering personal loss But perhaps it also indicates a way out of the nihilism that sometimes overtakes Tshepo The struggle for spiritual meaning is linked to Tshepo s disillusionment with the world as it is a lot of which I see as problems with capitalism , but with Tshepo there is a lot of back and forth about what to think about life, and how to think about life, so in a way it does remind me of 19th century social novels The only female character in the novel is Mmabatho, dealing with an unstable relationship with a white German man and an unexpected pregnancy She s an interesting study her feminism is brazen and she takes no shit from men, but her feminism is also portrayed as an elitist one, as she constantly trots out xenophobic and classist remarks about immigrants and lesser Africans like Nigerians, etc It was, in a sense, an eye opening view of elite South African society, but it also felt uncomfortably familiar Malaysia has its own version of supposedly take no shit elitist feminism that overlooks problems of class.Towards the end, Tshepo has a new job working at a children s home and has acquired an easel but hasn t started painting yet He is in a state of flux, though he has attained some form of stability I find the description of his waiting waiting to express himself through art, in a sense quite moving It is beautiful, my easel When the children come into my room, they always stare at it with wonder, too awestruck by this strange contraption to ask me what it is, what I do with it But it is finding its own life, its own significance, like an ancestral mask The wood breathes life into my room And this When I look at the children I work with, mostly black, with some coloured and white faces, I sense that God can t be one story He is a series of narratives The novel is a hallucinatory read at times because of the simple, repetitive prose but to me it was effective and served the purpose of the way in which Duiker was trying to tell this story I always felt deeply involved It s a thought provoking glimpse of South Africa and its myriad issues, a young man s search for meaning beyond the ugliness that the world offers In seinem Roman zeichnet K Sello Duiker ein aktuelles Bild s dafrikanischer st dtischer Kultur Die Handlung spielt in Cape Town, der zweitgr ten Stadt in S dafrika Tshepo, ein Student, wird nach einer drogenbedingten Psychose in die Psychiatrie eingeliefert Nach seiner Flucht und R ckf hrung beginnt er eine Behandlung, die zur Heilung f hrt Er beendet sein Studium und teilt sich eine Wohnung mit einem Ex Kriminellen Tschepo verliert seine Arbeit und landet als Callboy in einem Massage Salon Seine Kunden sind meist Wei e Seine Arbeit bringt ihn zur Reflexion ber seine Sexualit t und schwarze Homosexualit t, seinen Platz in dieser Welt auch setzt er sich mit der Frage der M nnlichkeit in der s dafrikanischen Post Apartheid Gesellschaft auseinander Parallel zu Tschepos Leben erz hlt K Sello Duiker die Erfahrungen von Tshepos Studienfreundin Mmabatho, die einen deutschen Freund hat, von dem sie ungewollt schwanger wird Ihm gelingt so auf eindrucksvolle Weise eine Zustandsbeschreibung aktueller st dtischer Milieus in S dafrika ➱ [Read] ➬ Poltergeist (Greywalker, By Kat Richardson ➼ – Lavons.co.uk der zweitgr ten Stadt in S dafrika Tshepo [Read] ➵ OBaby ➲ Geoffrey Johnson – Lavons.co.uk ein Student [EPUB] ✰ Defiant (MacKinnons Rangers, Author Pamela Clare – Lavons.co.uk wird nach einer drogenbedingten Psychose in die Psychiatrie eingeliefert Nach seiner Flucht und R ckf hrung beginnt er eine Behandlung [Reading] ➷ 21 Divisiones de Los Misterios Sanses By Ernesto Bravo Estrada – Lavons.co.uk die zur Heilung f hrt Er beendet sein Studium und teilt sich eine Wohnung mit einem Ex Kriminellen Tschepo verliert seine Arbeit und landet als Callboy in einem Massage Salon Seine Kunden sind meist Wei e Seine Arbeit bringt ihn zur Reflexion ber seine Sexualit t und schwarze Homosexualit t [Reading] ➶ Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning, Author Ellen Connor – Lavons.co.uk seinen Platz in dieser Welt auch setzt er sich mit der Frage der M nnlichkeit in der s dafrikanischen Post Apartheid Gesellschaft auseinander Parallel zu Tschepos Leben erz hlt K Sello Duiker die Erfahrungen von Tshepos Studienfreundin Mmabatho [Ebook] ➧ The Good Daughter By Karin Slaughter – Lavons.co.uk die einen deutschen Freund hat ➹ [Read] ➵ Crysis By Peter Watts ➼ – Lavons.co.uk von dem sie ungewollt schwanger wird Ihm gelingt so auf eindrucksvolle Weise eine Zustandsbeschreibung aktueller st dtischer Milieus in S dafrika I had been looking forward to reading this novel by a gay black South African writer literally for years, so it s with rather a heavy heart that I am abandoning it at the 15% mark I just really didn t care for the writing I m glad so many others have had apositive experience. Awesomely written dark book, it pushed a lot of boundaries and addressed a lot of societal questions like how we view gays, how and why people hate other Africans yet accept European immigrants.I think the writer sacrificed some of the credibility to make a poiunt, like how Tsepho was raped, it makes no sense at all, the attack was unprovoked and so random, i felt like the writer wanted to include that rape scene but just couldnt find a proper opening so he just threw it in there.And also Tsepos Awesomely written dark book, it pushed a lot of boundaries and addressed a lot of societal questions like how we view gays, how and why people hate other Africans yet accept European immigrants.I think the writer sacrificed some of the credibility to make a poiunt, like how Tsepho was raped, it makes no sense at all, the attack was unprovoked and so random, i felt like the writer wanted to include that rape scene but just couldnt find a proper opening so he just threw it in there.And also Tsepos fathers death, and the mysterious envelope that wasnt opened in the end, i still want to know what the Father meant by saying he would understand how they sacrificed It will take years before another South African book even comes close to the magic, beauty and brilliance that was and still is SKDs TQVOD.Recommended reading for everyone I must have read this book about four times and I still can t get enough of it. It s hard to sum up everything I thought about this 600 page book in a paragraph or two Thirteen Cents, Duiker s first novel, is one of my favourites, and so my expectations were high and this both did and didn t live up to them For me, the craft is really inconsistent in The Quiet Violence of Dreams There s too much exposition and monologuing, some of the language is lazy, but then it s punctuated by gripping, masterful, vivid scenes Duiker s writing really shines in these moments, with It s hard to sum up everything I thought about this 600 page book in a paragraph or two Thirteen Cents, Duiker s first novel, is one of my favourites, and so my expectations were high and this both did and didn t live up to them For me, the craft is really inconsistent in The Quiet Violence of Dreams There s too much exposition and monologuing, some of the language is lazy, but then it s punctuated by gripping, masterful, vivid scenes Duiker s writing really shines in these moments, with the language sparse and bleak, the interactions brutal Tshepo, the main character, suffers serious trauma as a child, and finds himself in the Valkenberg mental hospital with psychosis The Quiet Violence of Dreams tracks his abuses in hospital and his escape, his abuse at the hands of cruel and violent flatmates, and eventually his refuge in the sex work of a Cape Town massage parlour Though everything about Tshepo s experience made me want to root for him, I found his character difficult to connect with He s frustratingly passive about the traumas inflicted on him, and inexplicably hostile to his only real friend, Mmabatho I didn t love reading this book but I really admire it Writing something like this twenty years ago was quite something with queer, black voices front and centre, taking on sex work and marginalization, xenophobia, mental illness and capitalism No one looks good in the mirror Duiker holds up to South African society It was ahead of its time and opened the way for many amazing voices that were to come Brilliant Bloody Brilliant What a captivating masterpiece Having read Thirteen Cents I didn t think nor couldn t see how K Sello Duiker could live up to his first novel as it was superb piece of writing But he out did himself with this one The author had gone further into the depth of his brilliant mind, tender heart and tore a piece of his soul as he breathed life into words like a great artist, his madness was his genius played bare on paper one cannot help to be sucked into twisted voy Brilliant Bloody Brilliant What a captivating masterpiece Having read Thirteen Cents I didn t think nor couldn t see how K Sello Duiker could live up to his first novel as it was superb piece of writing But he out did himself with this one The author had gone further into the depth of his brilliant mind, tender heart and tore a piece of his soul as he breathed life into words like a great artist, his madness was his genius played bare on paper one cannot help to be sucked into twisted voyage of his world.The Quiet Violence of Dreams is a captivating and hypnotic joy ride drawing so much conflicting emotions from the reader and at times exhausting one s mental piece as one follows Tshepo, the protagonist, meandering life between a torturing state of psychosis in Valkenberg Hospital and sobering pensive journey of learning himself his essence of being camouflaged by a sexual identity on the backdrop of colourful Cape Town and outskirts of the townships The dark relationship of violence and sex in the story, intermingling, blurring lines is explicitly aggravating and confrontational it gives the bookweigh Tshepo journey is balanced with other characters perspectives taking centre stage, weaving a luminous effect to the darkness that prevails on Tshepo s heels Definitely award winning stuff Top 5 books of all time Shall revisit over and over, over time Wonderful writer, very captivating Loved the book from beginning to just about the end didn t like the ending, it felt rushed Definitely recommend this book to everyone THE MOST CHALLENGING TEXT I VE EVER READ You must go where love leads you, even when you are going towards trouble 382 This novel is, at its core, a South African coming of age story that tackles several issues most American texts of the same genre don t dare to address Duiker took his own life in 2005 after suffering a type of psychotic break amd I can t help but see this text as partly autobiographical This story is that of Tshepo, like Duiker, a journalism student at Rhodes who comes t THE MOST CHALLENGING TEXT I VE EVER READ You must go where love leads you, even when you are going towards trouble 382 This novel is, at its core, a South African coming of age story that tackles several issues most American texts of the same genre don t dare to address Duiker took his own life in 2005 after suffering a type of psychotic break amd I can t help but see this text as partly autobiographical This story is that of Tshepo, like Duiker, a journalism student at Rhodes who comes to encounter mental illness,sexual assault, racism, sex work, hegemony, and hybridity of prejudice This lengthy novel opens on Tshepo in a mental facility undergoing treatments that could be lightly called questionable Mostly, he and other patients are drugged into sedation and left alone His backstory of being a black university student at a predominantly white institution is revealed through his memories His reason for being in this Faulkner esk madhouse is originally described as cannabis induced psychosis while later is it revealed that his trauma and subsequent use of marijuana stems from his mother s violent rape and murder, an event he revisits in his dreams Much of the first half of the novel is stuck in this facility called Valkenberg German for falcon hill Tshepo does manage to escape once, but gets apprehended and brought back only to learn that he must work his way through the process to earn his freedom.Upon release, Tshepo quits school and moves in to a flat in Cape Town with several transient roommates including his best friend Mmabatho, an independent black girl who only dates white men, and Chris, an uneducated black young man who detests Tshepo for his privileged upbringing, but whom Tshepo lusts after Tshepo quickly finds himself without the money to survive and takes up a job at Steamy Windows, a male massage parlor that services the queer, white elite of Cape Town Tshepo is encouraged to choose aEuropean name in order to bedesirable to white clients He chooses Angelo Still coming to terms with his own sexuality and place in the world, the majority of the second half of the novel is set inside the walls of this massage parlor South African race relations are at the forefront of this text, and seen mostly through the lens of sex Mmabatho, black herself, is prejudice against non white Africans She uses local derogatory slurs like makwere kwere to refer to Africans outside the metropolitan areas of the continent She chooses to only date white men, and prides herself on the number of them she can seduce Tshepo s sexual awakening is directly tied to race He sees Chris as an wild creature, even though they are both urban citizens Describing Chris, Tshepo states There is a determination about his eyes, like someone madly chasing the sun even though it only want to set peacefully 267 This infatuation comes to a violent halt one night in the flat when Tshepo is raped by Chris The significance of this event echoes through the text asTshepo does not see sex as an act of love or affection, but as an act of power There is a do or die resolve about him Tshepo explains Chris 267 This idea continues into the massage parlor where Tshepo, now Angelo, is chosen by these affluent white men He learns that his sex appeal is an asset and his route to financial stability Being a young, slim, well mannered and almost na ve man, Tshepo quickly learns it is his virgin like appearance that makes him stand out from the other boys and he becomes popular fast, despite his blackness He asks one of his clients Why did you pick me You could have chosen one of the white boys The middle aged businessman with wife and children answers You were anonymous 325 This is the first in a list of instances where white men see Tshepo as being inhuman, voiceless, a venue for their shameful acts It s as if his blackness is an excuse, an idea that these acts are not cheating on their wives because he s just a black boy, one that can be used and cast aside without guilt The sexual dynamics of gay men also comes into play with Tshepo s identity The labeling of top and bottom as signifiers of the sexually giving and receiving partners leads to his belief as being inferior to the white tops He is literally being fucked by symbols of hegemonic, racial masculinity The gay community of Cape Town becomes a microcosm for post colonial oppression as members of the elite continue to enforce power dynamics over natives even after liberation wow, What A Read a simple, raw, raunchy well written novel exploring the experiences of several characters Tshepo, the lead navigates his relationships both personal, social and familial through each encounter that he has with them my favourite character was Mmabatho who in the early stages of the novel portrays a self assured, self confident black queer woman who suddenly finds herself tied down when she commits to a relationship with Arn a german man I found her slightly frustrating w wow, What A Read a simple, raw, raunchy well written novel exploring the experiences of several characters Tshepo, the lead navigates his relationships both personal, social and familial through each encounter that he has with them my favourite character was Mmabatho who in the early stages of the novel portrays a self assured, self confident black queer woman who suddenly finds herself tied down when she commits to a relationship with Arn a german man I found her slightly frustrating when she humbles herself to the relationship and when she discovers that she is pregnant she starts going through all these emotions that have her overthinking, becoming like the conventional woman that she refuses to be as for Tshepo, his journey isthorough and in tune with how he begins to make sense of his mental health, his sexuality, his masculinity particularly when he wants to existcapable and independent from his father, whom he has a very strenuous relationship with I enjoyed the moment when he becomes self aware of his co dependency on different people that seem to hurt him the story has a beautiful ending very hopeful, very spiritually inclined an amazing read


About the Author: K. Sello Duiker

Kabelo Sello Duiker s debut novel, Thirteen Cents won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region.He suffered a nervous breakdown in 2004, prior to committing suicide by hanging himself in January 2005.


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