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Tag Archives | Africa’s Lit

Puleng Hopper Reviews The Gold Diggers by Sue Nyathi

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Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 The Gold Diggers Sue Nyathi Pan Macmillan SA, May 2018 Online Price: R190       The Gold Diggers, published in 2018 by Pan Macmillan is Sue Nyathi’s second work of fiction. Her debut The Polygamist, was self-published in 2012. The narration follows the tumultuous journey, by river and road, of […]

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Nombulelo Moyo Reviews Illumination by Nthikeng Mohlele

Illumination

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Illumination Nthikeng Mohlele Pan Macmillan SA, February 2019 Online Price: R277       The best thing about this book is that the author pays homage to both contemporary and old school musicians, particularly in the jazz genre in a manner that immortalises their contribution to the art fraternity. One cannot […]

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Puleng Hopper Reviews Thirteen Cents by K. Sello Duiker

Thirteen Cents

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Thirteen Cents K. Sello Duiker Kwela Books, July 2013 Online Price: R236       In the novel Thirteen Cents Duiker paints a vivid and heart wrenching picture of how, in post-apartheid South Africa, overt and covert marginalization still prevail. Racism, tribalism, exploitation, classism, corruption, crime, violence, violation, starvation, and displacement, […]

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Nomonde Ndwalaza Reviews Rumours by Mongane Wally Serote

Rumours

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Rumours Mongane Wally Serote Jacana Media, April 2013 Online Price: R226       Mongane Wally Serote’s Rumours explores a man’s journey to dig deep into himself in an effort to discover what it is that he already knows, but had somehow forgotten along the way. Serote uses South Africa’s post-apartheid […]

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Puleng Hopper Reviews This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 This Mournable Body Tsitsi Dangarembga Jacana Media, November 2018 Online Price: R246       This Mournable Body is the last of a trilogy that began with Nervous Conditions and was followed by The Book of Not. The reader should be privy to the contents of the first two books, especially […]

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Nancy Richards Reviews Intruders by Mohale Mashigo

Intruders

Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 Intruders 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 […]

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Amogelang Mothapo Reviews Small Things by Nthikeng Mohlele

Small Things

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Small Things Nthikeng Mohlele Jacana Media, May 2018 (new edition) Online Price: R206     Small Things: A novel about despair, love, and the elusive nature of inner happiness. This book starts off by introducing us to the anonymous narrator’s first unrequited love, Desiree. We get to experience the all-consuming love […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Oil on Water by Helon Habila

Oil on Water

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ 4/5 Oil on Water Helon Habila Penguin Books, September 2011 Online Price: R206     Helon Habila takes you on a chase through an underworld of investigative journalism in a war-locked country, and his pace is impeccable. Two journalists are recruited to find the kidnapped wife of a British oil engineer. There’s […]

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Nondumiso Tshabangu Reviews Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

Freshwater

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆ 3/5 Freshwater Akwaeke Emezi Faber & Faber, March 2018 Online Price: R244     A strange debut novel, Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. It centres around a young Nigerian woman, Ada, who develops separate selves as a result of being born “with one foot on the other […]

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