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'Born a Crime' not a book about fame, says Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah chats to Eusebius McKaiser about his collection of personal essays in his new book.

FILE: Trevor Noah. Picture: Anele Mdoda/Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Comic Trevor Noah says he is pleased by some of the reviews on his new book, _Born a Crime _which was launched on Tuesday.

He says the collection of personal essays is not ‘a celebrity book’.

The book is said to be the story of a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world here he was never supposed to exist, delving into his relationship with his mother and her attempts at saving her son from a cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

“I only hope that people can relate to it which is why I try to write in the most genuine manner so that people can feel a similar things that I feel in the book. Maybe there are moments where we can share as a people. It’s not a celebrity book, it’s got nothing to do with fame or where I am in the world, it’s just a book about a mother and a son and a story of growing up in South Africa.”

Speaking on some of the criticism around his so called obsession with race, Noah says: “People always ask me the question why do you always make everything about race and I go ‘no no race is what made everything'. If we are considerate and we think of the world we are living in, most of the things we are dealing with today can be tied back to race.”

The Daily Show host adds: “We cannot have a discussion in South Africa about the economy, about housing, education, about the past of the country going forward and politics without acknowledging race. It does not mean we should let it define every conversation we have but we have to admit it exists.”

In an interview with 702’s Eusebius Mckaiser, Noah elaborates on some of the privileges that came with being ‘light skinned’ in his family.

He says he is not worried about being deported after Donald Trump’s win and is not on the brink of being kicked out. The comic is rather concerned that Trump would want to ban an entire people based on their religion.

LISTEN: Trevor Noah on race, being 'yellow bone', Trump, and debut novel "Born a Crime"

The book is available in South African book stores.