One song tells almost the whole story, using mukwaha, "journey": Voorwa Apwiya mahiku oomaliha awo / When the Lord comes those last days Muchu oocheka hanarowa wirimu / The person of sin will not go to heaven Nyenya oocharuwa onaya vamukwahani / But a repenter
is going on a journey Mukwaha wooyano wa Apwiya / A journey going to the Lord.
Literary prizes aren't enough to live on, of course: despite his growing fame (he also has a published novel, The Repenters
), he continues to make ends meet -- as he's done for the past seven years -- as a science teacher at the local high school in Chaguanas, central Trinidad.
The narrator of Trinidadian Kevin Jared Hosein's The Repenters
(Leeds, U.K.: Peepal Tree Press, 2016, [euro]9.99) recounts his relationships growing up in a Catholic orphanage, followed by his experiences in the underbelly of Port-of-Spain.
Civilization, in its developed and apparently stable scientific stage, is presented as rather weak and feeble, prone to crumble and revert, as the desperate images of the Repenters
point out, to a dark medieval-like stage where unscientific religious sects and apocalyptic ideas proliferate.