Illumination By Nthikeng Mohlele

June 23, 2019

Book Details

Title: Illumination

Author: Nthikeng Mohlele

Published: 2019

Publisher: Pan Macmillan SA

Pages: 223

Genre: Literary Fiction


Bantubonke is an accomplished and revered musician, composer and band leader in decline=an absent present and inadequate spouse. He lives for art at the expense of all else, an imbalance that derails his life and propels him to the brink of madness and despair. A story of direct and implied betrayals, Illumination is an unrelenting study of art, possession and loss, of the beauty and uncertainty of love, of friendship and the dangers and intrusions of fame.


Music is the heart of this story and even the names of some characters are a representation of music. I don’t usually read books that focus on music and this was a good reading adventure for me.

The story unfolds slowly and the writing is amazing poetic and lyrical which suits the theme of the book perfectly.

The story focus more on the main character and we don’t get much narrative about the supporting characters. I understand that it might have been the main purpose of the book but it’s always good to understand the supporting.

I’d highly recommend this book, if you are looking for a fast paced book.


Thank you Pan Macmillan SA for this copy.

Until next time, lets keep reading.


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2 responses to “Illumination By Nthikeng Mohlele”

  1. I love the picture with the violin. Do you play yourself?

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