Search Results: "Zakes Mda"


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THE WHALE CALLER by Zakes Mda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"A beguiling amalgam of realistic fiction, religious parable, animal fable and moral argument. Mda goes from strength to strength."
A man, a woman and a whale enact an eerie love triangle in this dreamlike fifth novel from the South African author of The Madonna of Excelsior (2004). Read full book review >

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SOMETIMES THERE IS A VOID by Zakes Mda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A readable, insightful memoir by a major talent, particularly enjoyable for those already familiar with Mda's body of work or with the cultural moments that helped to shape him."
Acclaimed South African novelist, playwright and poet Mda (Cion, 2007, etc.) pens a memoir setting his experiences against the backdrop of a country in turmoil. Read full book review >

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CION by Zakes Mda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2007

"A stunning book—the great African writer's great American novel."
"Professional mourner" Toloki (the protagonist of Mda's Ways of Dying, 2002) makes his way to America in the versatile South African-born author's colorful sixth novel. Read full book review >

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THE MADONNA OF EXCELSIOR by Zakes Mda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A gorgeously colored picture of personal and cultural metamorphosis. Exhilarating stuff."
Resplendent images of emerging African independence, in a busy third outing from the native South African author (Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, both 2002). Read full book review >

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THE HEART OF REDNESS by Zakes Mda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A work of extraordinary richness, suffused with genuine mythic power: comparable to the recently discovered fiction of Moses Izegawa and Emmanuel Dongala—and not unworthy of comparison with the masterpieces of Chinua Achebe."
A brilliant central metaphor ties together several gripping stories in this compact epic novel (winner of a recent Commonwealth Fiction prize) from the South African author of Ways of Dying (below). Read full book review >

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WAYS OF DYING by Zakes Mda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Flawed or not, a terrific introduction to a world-class literary talent."
This first (1995) novel by the South African playwright and author of The Heart of Redness (above) creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition from the unusual symbiotic relationship between a bereaved former prostitute and a stoical "professional mourner." Read full book review >