In a coffee shop in modern-day Cape Town, a dark shadow is encroaching on the lives of Tito and Lara, who are struggling to stay in love – while Jacob listens to an old man narrating a strange story. Whose story is it really? And what is its purpose? To prevent a murder reminiscent of one committed centuries ago?
Shabbir Banoobhai is an established South African poet based in Cape Town. He has participated in the Poetry Africa Festival held in Durban, South Africa, as well as in the Istanbul International Poetry Festival. His book inward moon outward sun was short-listed for the 2000 Sanlam Literary Awards. In 2001 he received the Thomas Pringle Award for a poem titled Sarajevo. He has published a number of books – mainly poetry – but also essays, letters, and philosophical and meditative reflections. Heretic is his first novel.