“Hugely atmospheric and exquisitely crafted,” writes Rossouw, who interviewed the author last year at Umuzi’s New Writers Showcase. She liked the book then and she likes it now. “The Fall of the Black-Eyed Night brings contemporary Cape Town alive on every single page,” she says:
YOU’d never say Sean Badal is not from Cape Town and had only visited the city for a few months before sitting down to write a novel that captures it so perfectly.
You’d never say Badal is not a Muslim as he explores the ties that bind the community and the hypocrisies it hides so imperfectly.
The Fall of the Black-Eyed Night is Badal’s third book. It traces a few months in the life of Shehzad Shadhili, who returns to Cape Town after the July 7 2005 terrorist attacks in the UK, where he was living a dissolute life.
- The Fall of the Black-Eyed Night by Sean Badal
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