216 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013
A biography of South African journalist and short story writer Nat Nakasa.
Nat Nakasa was born in Durban in 1937. He moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist on Drum magazine. He was also the first black journalist to work on the Rand Daily Mail. In 1964 he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism at Harvard College but the apartheid government rejected his passport application. He was forced to leave the country on an exit permit and so could never return. He committed suicide in New York in 1965.
"Ryan Brown has done a wonderful job in presenting us with a sensitive and authentic picture of that time in which Nat Nakasa lived and wrote and of the wrenching choice he faced in having to leave his beloved country and people in order to realise his full potential - a choice that ultimately proved too painful for him to bear. Thank you Ryan for bringing him back to life." Allister Sparks
Ryan Brown is an American journalist and editor.