Michael is a respected and haunted South African corporate lawyer - the narrator of this sweeping, intimate and intricate exploration of the plurality and mystery of things: love, grief, fate, lust - but most of all life. Nthikeng Mohlele once again delves into head-cracking and bruising questions, in this coming-out-of and against-age story; told with humour, beauty and calculated rage. Brimming with delicacy and authorial thunder, this part campus novel, part philosophical epistle, is one man's rebellion against `life as we know it'. Rusty Bell is an appallingly wise examination of the perils of being human - by a writer who knows the beauty and savagery of words.
South African Nthikeng Mohlele, 36, is the author of The Scent of Bliss (Kwela Books, 2008) and Small Things (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2013). Small Things has been translated into Swedish as Joburg Blues (Weyler foerlag, 2014). Rusty Bell is his third novel. Mohlele was listed by Bloomsbury Publishing, Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club among the 39 most promising authors under the age of 40 from sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. He lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.