ISBN 9781920590895
ePub ISBN 9781928215011
Pages 136
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2015
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

The Chameleon House

by Mellisa de Villiers

The Chameleon House was long listed for the Frank O Connor short story prize in 2015.

'... the past was not yet done with here, I thought to myself; its problems drip-fed into the present, muddying it endlessly.'

South Africa in a time of transition: a world of shifting boundaries and fluid identities, under siege from the relentless power of the past.

In this evocative and finely crafted debut collection, De Villiers deftly probes the ambiguities of this changing country. From the older woman with her much younger lover, trapped in Johannesburg traffic during 'load shedding' - the new leveler - to the 'gap year' graduates seeking some kind of permanence abroad, each story manages to contain entire worlds. These are lives of unconscious longing; of individuals - often willingly - cast adrift from their history, animated here in poetic yet pared-down prose.

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About the Author

Mellisa de Villiers

Melissa de Villiers was born in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. She is a graduate of Rhodes University and received her Master of Arts Degree from Birkbeck, University of London. She divides her time between South Africa and Singapore and is at work on her first novel.

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