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Bantubonke is an accomplished and revered jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader in decline - an absent present and inadequate spouse. He lives for art at the expense of all else, an imbalance that derails his life and propels him to the brink of madness and despair.
A story of direct and implied betrayals, Illumination is an unrelenting study of possession and loss, of the beauty and uncertainty of love, of the dangers and intrusions of fame.
A beautiful, poignant book that serves as a meditation on friendship, love, art and the complexities of contemporary South Africa. Illumination is beautifully written, thoughtful and nuanced. I highly recommend it!