WILL, the Passenger Delaying Flight is the third novel of attorney, researcher and author Barbara Adair. Her other two books, In Tangier We Killed the Blue Parrot (2004) and End (2007) were shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and the African Regional Commonwealth Prize, respectively.
Adair resides in Limpopo and Joburg. She currently works with Wits Writing school. Some of her travel articles, queer literature and reviews can be found at www.barbara-adair. co za.
The story is anchored at an international airport ( Charles De Gaulle). A German, Volker, is en route to Africa, Namibia specifically, on a one-way ticket. Plagued by melancholy, he is leaving behind misfortune and disappointment. Through Volker’s analytical and reflective disposition, we encounter various interesting characters. A disgraced professor. A male porn star named Dick. A murderer. A thief. The richest homeless man. A womanizing dwarf. A paedophile. A human trafficker. A trans-woman and plenty of others.
This book is a literary experiment that is unique in structure and presentation. It is thought-provoking, graphic, witty, and shocking in a nonchalant fashion that includes a skilful play of words.