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Alastair Bruce Debuts with Wall of Days

Wall of DaysUmuzi is pleased to announce, this September, the publication of a new novel that will bowl you over…

“Seldom in recent years have I been so deeply impressed by a first novel as by Alastair Bruce’s visionary and profound Wall of Days [...] The remarkable achievement of Wall of Days is that [its] gathering conundrum never becomes part of an abstract or philosophical debate, or a ‘mere’ postmodernist game, but is fully embedded in the facts of a riveting and overwhelming story, told by a consummate storyteller who appears well set to become a defining novelist of our time.”

André Brink

In a world all but drowned, a man called Bran has been living on an island for ten years. He was sent there in exile by those whose leader he was, and he tallies on the wall of his cave the days as they pass. Until the day when something happens that kindles in Bran such memories and longing that he persuades himself to return, even if it means execution.

His reception is so unexpected, so mystifying that he casts about unsure of what is real and what imaginary. Only the friendship of a child consoles him as he retraces the terrible deeds for which he is answerable, and as he tries to reach back, over his biggest betrayal, to the one he loved.

Wall of Days is a moving parable about guilt, loss and remembering, and an astonishing, gripping debut.

About the author

Alastair Bruce was born in Port Elizabeth and studied at the University of Cape Town where he started in a science degree course but ended with a masters in English Literature. He has been living in the United Kingdom for over ten years where he works in electronic publishing. He is married and has a baby daughter.

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