Van Aggelen African Literary Agency


“A superb entry in the fiction category is Nthikeng Mohlele’s sixth book, Illumination, which is an electric tale of Bantubonke’s life in Johannesburg as an artist. Mohlele’s literary tapestry and characters bring to mind the existential question of who among the characters is really living? His rendering of an artist’s multi-layered life and struggles are poignant; he draws vivid imagery of not only the hustle and bustle of the Johannesburg scenery and lifestyle, but also of music and music creation. Mohlele’s powers of imagery are drawn from his experience as a performance arts student, which entrenches the imagination and related artistic development.” – Jury rapport Humanities Award 2020


author: Nthikeng Mohlele