Connected by more than their exquisite prose, Nick Mulgrew’s new stories delve into a world of killer eagles, tatoo removal parlours, hardcore punk guitarists-cum-auditors, turtle sanctuaries, plane crashes, amateur pornographers and biltong-makers - a world concurrently too strange and too familiar for comfort. A collection of roaring imagination and startling sympathy - set primarily in South Africa’s least fashionable cities and suburbs - these stories maintain a precarious balance between rich comedy and despair throughout their explorations of grief, spectacle, sex, nostalgia, and the lives of animals, both human and not.
With audaciousness met by trademark spiritual undercurrents and poetic flourishes, The First Law of Sadness is comfirmation of Mulgrew’s status as one of South Africa’s best contemporary exponents of short fiction.
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ISBN: 978-1-48562-578-0, 2017, 200x130mm, 200 pages
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