, 2006 - Fiction
- 238 pages
Kgebetli Moele's raw, beautiful prose exposes a world in which humor and despair exist in equal measures, a world where the need to succeed, to strike it rich, brings out the best and the worst of human nature. Room 207 takes the reader to a Jo'burg that is the very heart of South Africa, to a room in which six young men struggle to make their dreams come true in the 'dream city'.
Set in a block of dilapidated apartments in Hillbrow, an inner-city neighborhood in Johannesburg, this novel tells the story of six young men who will do anything—including hustling and conning anyone they can—to survive. Painting an engrossing portrait of the friends, it shows the hopelessness and despair of a group stuck in their position in life, having to compromise themselves to make a living and reach for their dreams.