Freedom Never Rests is the much-awaited second novel from James Kilgore. With a precise and at times humorous eye for the details of backroom politics and street level organisation, the novel centres around an engaging and tragic couple: unemployed ex-shop steward revolutionary Monwabisi Radebe and his wife, Constantia, a former nursery school aide turned local councillor in the fictional Eastern Cape township of Sivuyile.
Avoiding simplistic analyses and triumphant rhetoric, Freedom Never Rests lays bare the political and personal intricacies of community struggles. On a grand political canvas artfully drawn, Monwabisi and a host of other intriguing and compelling characters pull us into their moral and economic dilemmas and force us to confront the complexity of democracy in our country through a sensitive and insightful lens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Kilgore lived as a fugitive in SA from 1991 to 2002 under the name John Pape. In 2002, authorities extradited him to the United States where he served six and a half years in prison for political offenses committed in the 1970s.
The idea for this book emerged from his observation that as a prisoner in the US he enjoyed unlimited access to free water, something out of the reach for so many people in South Africa. A great read.
Jacana Media, R150