Radio producer Litha Hermanus will be launching his debut novel with Penguin.
Hermanus, who tellingly elected to pose with his son for his author photograph, wrote his novel about cultural deracination as part of his Creative Writing master’s degree at Wits.
The Eyes of the Naked tells the gripping tale of a man, Nakedi, who, after becoming embroiled in a crime, flees to Mthatha, taking his boy with him without his ex-wife’s knowledge. In the book, the author chose to let the wife work in radio while his main character drives an airport shuttle.
In the Eastern Cape matters spiral out of control even further when Nakedi learns that his young brother has run away from home, possibly to a suspicious circumcision school. Nakedi anxiously searches for his brother while evading the law.
The novel boldly confronts various societal and cultural norms. What does it mean to be a man? To be a father in today’s world? it asks.
The Eyes of the Naked is due for release in October.
Litha Hermanus has worked as an international cabin attendant, a language teacher, and a radio producer and co-presenter. He has also done some acting and worked in music. Currently a development consultant at the Embassy of Japan, he lives with his wife and son in Pretoria. He is a student and speaker of the Japanese language and holds a joint honours degree in Media Studies and English Literature, as well as a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand.