Just Matata (Second Edition)
Beyond the Cape: Sin, Saints, Slaves, and Settlers is the second edition of Just Matata, the first novel of the Matata trilogy. With a new prologue, it opens with a glimpse into four hundred years of history when the Portuguese mariner, Bartholomew Diaz, travelled around the tip of South Africa in 1488. After a brief history, the novel settles in twentieth-century Kenya. Britain, on a quest for cheap submissive labour to help administer East Africa, its share of the African pie, recruits Goans who represent the “westernized Christian Indian”. Chronicling the coming-of-age story of the precocious Lando, the novel follows a family whose identities straddle their Portuguese Goan ethnicity and pre-independent Kenyan nationality. Lando grapples with the complexities of family loyalties, identity, and racial segregation.