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Sue Grant-Marshall Reviews A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat Nakasa by Ryan Brown

A Native of Nowhere: The Life of Nat NakasaVerdict: carrot

This book starts with the end of a brilliant South African writer’s life. Nat Nakasa, a native of nowhere as he described himself, ended his exiled existence one July morning in 1965 when he jumped from the window of a New York City apartment building. He was 28.

It has always been assumed that the reasons for his death were pretty straightforward. He’d left South Africa on an exit permit, which meant he would not be returning home — by edict of the apartheid regime.

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