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An Initiation Ceremony Gone Wrong: Read an Excerpt from The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

The ReactiveIn Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel The Reactive the young author uses “rhythmic prose” and “striking lyricism” to deliver the gut-punching narrative of secrets, memory, drug abuse and family.

Aerodrome has shared an excerpt from this novel, in which Lindanathi, the protagonist, remembers a pivotal moment in his life: the day his brother died, an event he had a hand in. “Ten years ago, I helped a handful of men take my little brother’s life. I wasn’t there when it happened, but I told Luthando where to find them,” Lindanathi recalls.

Read the excerpt to understand what happened when an initiation ceremony went the wrong way and how it haunts the older sibling to this day:

Ten years ago, I helped a handful of men take my little brother’s life. I wasn’t there when it happened, but I told Luthando where to find them. Earlier that year, my brother and I had made a pact to combine our initiation ceremonies.

This was back in 1993.

 
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