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Nancy Richards Reviews Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

IntrudersStar Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
Mohale Mashigo
Picador Africa, September 2018
Online Price: R166


If I didn’t know any different, I would say that Mohale Mashigo was one very sassy, savvy, sophisticated and stylish writer.

Well I’m not wrong, she is indeed all of those things – but she’s also a sufferer. Anxiety and depression have become bedfellows in the life of this lady who, with her dreads and nose-ring, CV entries including ‘award-winning singer-songwriter’ and ‘comic book writer’, you would at first glance take for a super-successful celebrity with her sights on the world stage.

So it’s interesting to know that Mohale takes solace in writing – and that it’s the one thing that, when the ‘black dog’ bites, she says she can do to get her through.

The short stories in Intruders are every bit as complex and layered as the writer herself. Divided into three sections – The Good, The Bad and The Colourful – they touch on, amongst other things, ‘Afrofuturism’ and the fantastical, looking both back into tradition and forward into worlds and places, light and dark, dreamt and imagined.

Previously Mohale has written The Yearning, which won her a UJ Debut Prize for SA writing, as well as a young adult novel Beyond the River. She wins my Completely Original I Write What I Think Don’t Judge Me award. She dares to be different.

— Review for Africa’s Lit by Nancy Richards

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