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Cruel Crazy Beautiful World

(2013)
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Two characters navigate the post-apartheid South African landscape in this haunting story of the injustice that still simmers below the country's surface 
In Troy Blacklaws's ambitious novel, the lives of two African men run parallel, exposing the tensions that rumble at South Africa's post-apartheid core. Jerusalem is a young poet and student whose stubborn father will no longer pay for his rambling studies. Half Jewish, half Muslim, Jerusalem is forced from Cape Town to a distant harbor village by his father, who believes a stint selling curios to tourists will right his wandering ways. Meanwhile, Jabulani loses his teaching job in Zimbabwe after mocking President Mugabe and must move south to start a new life. But his life across the border is tainted by the harsh truth that racism isn't gone; it's just taken another form. As the two men's lives merge, their stories reveal the paradoxes of the South African experience. 

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Hardback Editions

March 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
ISBN: 1-4804-7956-X / 978-1-4804-7956-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2011 : South Africa Hardback

Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
ISBN: 1-4314-0250-8 / 978-1-4314-0250-2 (South Africa edition)
Publisher: Jacana Media
Availability: Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World: A Novel
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
ISBN: 1-4804-1781-5 / 978-1-4804-1781-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

November 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World: A Novel
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
Publisher: Audible Studios
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November 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World: A Novel
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Cruel Crazy Beautiful World: A Novel
Author(s): Troy Blacklaws
Publisher: Open Road Media
Availability: Amazon