Kwasi Edward Michael Dankwa - Eddie Signwriter to his clients - is a twenty-year-old painter of murals and billboards in the city of Accra, Ghana, who is buffeted by forces beyond his control and understanding as he is swept up by the passions and machinations of others. Struggling with a forbidden relationship, banished from school, held responsible for the death of a notable woman in the community, Eddie flees overland to Senegal and then, illegally, to France, determined to find a new life for himself among the immigrant communities of Paris. Following him across magnificently rendered African lands into the precincts of Paris, Eddie Signwriter gives us a spellbinding tale of rootlessness and desire, of disgrace and redemption, of politics both personal and global, of art and love. Empathic, wise, deeply humane and luminously written, it heralds Adamn Schwartzman as a writer of great promise.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Adam Schwartzman
Adam Schwartzman was born in Johannesburg in 1973. He has held positions in the South African National Treasury, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. He is the author of three books of poetry - The Good Life/The Dirty Life/and Other Stories, Merrie Afrika! and The Book of Stones - as well as editor of an anthology of South African poetry, Ten South African Poets. Eddie Signwriter is his first novel. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with his wife and daughter.