Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams – ‘an exquisitely crafted, groundbreaking memoir, destined to change and save lives’

The wait is finally over and Jamil F Khan’s book Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams is now available as an ebook on various platforms!

A gift to his followers and those he considers the most marginalised in society, Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams will give us all time for reflection as South Africans lock down in the fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Khamr is a must-read for its thought-provoking retelling of Khan’s childhood memories as well as for his scholarly prowess in analysing how he and his parents, especially his father, navigated their lives in Kraaifontein outside Cape Town.

This memoir, which speaks to readers who gravitate towards literary works that centre on true life accounts, gender studies and contemporary culture, is in keeping with Jacana Media’s publishing mandate – to incubate authors and books that push the boundaries, rattle the comfortable cages we find ourselves in, and introduce new ideas of thinking that hopefully translate to affirmative changed behaviour.

Endorsed by prominent South Africans such as poet Lebo Mashile and author and academic Barbara Boswell, Khamr is sure to find resonance with particularly marginalised communities.

This is what Professor Boswell had to say after reading the book:

‘With Khamr, Jamil F Khan has gifted us an exquisitely crafted, groundbreaking memoir, destined to change and save lives. ‘Coloured’, Muslim and queer, Khan’s coming-of-age story sketches the process of claiming an autonomous, fully actualised self as he grapples with classism, colourism and homophobia in a middle-class Cape Town ‘Coloured’ community, where appearances are everything.’

About the author

Born in Cape Town, Jamil F Khan is a researcher, author, columnist and poet who is now based in Johannesburg. His research focuses on the politics of creolisation and Coloured identities in South Africa while exploring the interrelationships of power in race, ethnicity, gender, identity and sexuality. He is a doctoral candidate in critical diversity studies.

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