Bless Me Father
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**Available from mid February 2019**
Bless Me Father is the true story of an incredible South African life. Born into a violent and broken family, and growing up in a variety of institutions, Cape Town based poet and writer Mario d’Offizi tells his remarkable, often shocking and ultimately inspiring life adventure – one that spans several decades in a country undergoing radical change. From his tough days at Boys Town to wild years in the advertising world, a stint in the restaurant business and a sharp edged journalistic adventure in the DRC, d’Offizi tells his critically acclaimed story with the unfailing sensitivity and warmth of a true poet.
‘…a searing look at growing up on the other side of the tracks, around the bend and up the wall. d’Offizi’s story left me reeling on more than one occasion. This is an author who writes from the heart, not the head. And even though it is a heart that is covered with layers of scar tissue, it is not a hard heart. Rather, it is a heart full of kindness and compassion.’ – Ben Trovato
‘If you read no other African writer this decade, read this one – you’ll laugh with him, cry with him, mourn with him, rejoice with him and ultimately triumph with him.’ – Leadership Magazine
‘…I would advise that you get this book for the boys and the men in your family. I think it’s a phenomenal, affirming story of manhood. I highly recommend it.’ — Karabo Kgoleng – SAFM Literature
‘Mario d’Offizi’s story is a colourful account of a life, threaded with the lives and experiences of many compositely drawn characters, all reflected with great generosity. This book is a truly compelling read that reveals disturbing personal events, while showing that the human spirit is irrepressible.’ — Zenzile Khoisan