A Book of Rooms, Kobus Moolman’s new collection of poetry, deepens the explorations of his recent books Light and After and Left Over. While the Beckett-like sparseness and doggedness is still there, A Book of Rooms makes use of a realist-biographical narrative form. Arranged into physically dense scenes described as “rooms”, it inhabits the childhood and young adulthood of a man with a serious physical disability growing up in a grim family in the final years of the white side of apartheid. The reader is compelled right into the character’s bleak and constant meetings with pain and failure. At the same time, inside this present-tense current, there is a powerful will to live, with sharp flashes of humour, and an even more powerful drive to know the truth.
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