Banquet At Brabazan
InBanquet at Brabazan, Patricia Schonstein takes us to the heart of Cape Town's violent inner city, creating a cornucopia of events featuring superb food, romance,a cappella, an angel, Shakespearean drama, reflections on South Africa's war in Angola, drug-money, a muti murder, visions of the Afterlife and various works of fine art with flashbacks to the wondrous,A Time of Angels.
The novel is rich with her characteristic use of fabric, fine-art, poetry and magic as well as her deep and philosophical questioning of the human condition.
At core, Banquet at Brabazanis the story of an enduring, secret love affair between a boss and his secretary who create a fantastical, magical, theatrical, costumed, Italianate life for themselves within the confines of her apartment.
Outside of that contrived space, exists the real world of loneliness, xenophobia and crime that have come to mark post-apartheid South Africa.
Patricia Schonstein deftly leads us through both worlds, allowing the lives of a small group of people, who have not met before, to intersect over a period of ten days at Brabazan Bar & Lodge, in Long Street, Cape Town. Here she reveals a poignant and beautiful patina of hope and love.
With this, her sixth novel, Patricia affirms herself as one of South Africa's leading authors and a master of magic-realism.
About the Author
Patricia Schonsteinis an internationally published novelist and poet who grew up in Rhodesia and now lives in South Africa. She completed her master's degree in creative writing under the supervision of J.M. Coetzee at the University of Cape Town.
Author Patricia Schonstein
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