Nakhane Toure’s debut novel, Piggy boy’s blues, a distorted
pastoral, is for all intents and purposes a portrait of the M.
family. Centred mostly on the protagonist, Davide M., and his
return to Alice, the town of his birth, the novel portrays a Xhosa
royal family past its prime and glory. Davide’s journey, from the
city to the country for peace and quiet, is not what he or the
characters living in the forgotten and dilapidated house have
bargained for. His return disturbs and troubles the silence and
day-to-day practices that his uncle, Ndimphiwe, and the man he
lives with have kept, resulting in a series of tragic events. Set
mostly in the Eastern Cape – modern and historical – in Alice and
Port Elizabeth, Piggy boy’s blues is a novel about boundaries, the
intricacies of love and how the members of the M. family sometimes
fail at navigating them.
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