by Braz Menezes
beyond-the-cape

Beyond The Cape – Vol. 1

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, maps and a brief outline of the cultural transformation over a two hundred year-long’Goa Inquisition’ it opens with a glimpse into four hundred years of history since the first Portuguese mariner, Bartholomew Diaz, travelled around the tip of South Africa in 1488. It covers the period through to 1950, when Nairobi the capital achieved City status. However there was trouble brewing.

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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.

Reviews

  1. :

    Highly Recommended

    A great read, narrated in a relaxing style, that brings alive an era bygone. Written with wit, humour, Lando’s life Journey in Kenya, his travels to and from Goa evokes memories for those who lived in Kenya during the British Colonial period. It sheds light on the journey of a Community not very well known internationally, that with cultural and other struggles, flourished and co-existed within two worlds. Indeed a tribute to that community. Via Braz Menezes’s bold writing, much needed to remind some and inform all of a chapter in history, that was filled with excitement, pioneering and other trials. Highly recommend this book.

  2. :

    Great Narrative

    This is a great narrative that illustrates the readers about the history of Portugal, India (especially Goa) and Kenya in the XX century, while telling the travails of Lando.

  3. :

    Excellent Read

    Excellent read! Looking forward to third book.

  4. :

    A “Must-Read” Read That Captures a Specific Time and Place with Strong Community Voice

    There is a Cherokee proverb “Don’t criticise someone unless you have walked in their moccasins” I have rarely enjoyed a book so much as I have Beyond the Cape. Many books have been written about Asians in East Africa. A few books have been written about Goans in East Africa. This one encapsulates the lives of post-war a Kenyan-Goan generation, spanning the racially segregated of East Africa and the educational needs of community attempting to ensure its future in colonial Africa. Through the character of Lando, Menezes captures the facts, myths, traditions, notions, fears and aspirations with incredible detail. Only someone who had lived through the events could write this. He even captures the unique Goan-English dialogue. This sets the book aside from many academic books and papers (including my own) or the reportage-style books on the “Afrikander” experience. A “must read” that captures a specific time and place with strong community voice.

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