Magazine article New Internationalist

Graffiti My Soul

Magazine article New Internationalist

Graffiti My Soul

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Graffiti My Soul by Niven Govinden (Canorigate, ISBN 9781 84195 888 o)

Veerapen Prendrapen - half Jewish, half Tamil - is the fastest runner in his school; at 15 he is a highly promising athlete, perhaps Olympic material. He lives in Surrey where, as he says, nothing bad ever happens. However, Veerapen has just attended the funeral of Moon Suzuki, the love of his live. Graffiti My Soul takes us through several weeks I of Veerapen's life, shuttling skilfully between events before and after Moon's death. Niven Govinden peels back the affluent surface of life in the "suburbs, to reveal the dark, disturbing reality of existence as a young person in 21st-century Britain.

This is a world where violence, random and motiveless, is accepted as routine and gangs and groups form and re-form, stratified by age, ethnicity and vague, half-understood alliances. Consumerism is rampant but in a mechanical, joyless way: 'We parade our purchases 365. …

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