Naweek | General Fiction
Sex, drugs & rock ’n roll... Toast Coetzer’s prose debut draws the reader through the ecstasy but also the frightening ups and downs of the rock world. His novella deals specifically with the drug-induced retrogression of an Afrikaans rocker. It is retrogression in more ways than one, as the story is also told backwards.
It begins with the death notice of the hero, a certain Le Roux (Maanhaar) Basson, and step by the step the reader is taken back, and one is forced to walk backwards to the incident that heralded Maanhaar’s swan song. And walking backwards, the reader then realises, means looking in a different way, experiencing in a different way, and being at the mercy, as it were, of the distorted logic brought about by drugs and the adoration of thousands.