Going Home is a story told in the voice of a political refugee living in South Africa. It investigates the life of one particular immigrant, Mpanda from Angola, and his experiences of trying to make the best of being an unemployed foreign national in South Africa.
There are four parts to the narrative. Part One: Mpanda is arrested and sent to the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Part Two: We learn of Mpandaâ€™s story: his return home to Angola from Zaire, his relationship with a woman called Isabel, his political involvement and embarrassment and his final decision to flee to South Africa. In Part Three, we follow his life as a refugee in South Africa. Finally in Part Four he is freed from detention and allowed to go back home â€“ to Yeoville
Going Home is a very moving debut novel, revealing the anguish of a man trying to survive in a country where nobody allows him to belong. Going home is a constant search for a home.
Simao Kikamba is without a doubt a leading new voice in Southern African writing.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Angola arms asked asylum seekers Bakongo bedroom beer brought building child Chukwu clothes Cousin Maria Joana daughter dishes Dona Xica door driver embassy eyes face father flat flight FNLA friends front hand head heard Hillbrow Home Affairs inside Isabel Johannesburg Kikongo Kimpese Kinshasa knew leave Lindela Lingala looked lounge Luanda Luvo Mansanga Maria Rosa married Mbala Mbangi Mbanza-Kongo Mbanza-Ngungu Mboso meat morning Mpanda MPLA never night Nocal palm wine passport peace police realised refugee returned road Rockey Street Roque Santeiro sack Sakala Sandton sitting sleep smile someone South Africa standing stared stay stood stop talking taxi tears Telkom tell things thought told took town truck turned UNITA waited walked washing watched wife Windhoek woman Yeoville Zaire