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November 3, 2013 at 9:01 pm

South African Blog Highlights Mda Book ‘Sculptors of Mapungubwe’

The South African blog I Love Books reviewed Dr. Zakes Mda’s book The Sculptors of Mapungubwe on Oct. 15.

Dr. Zakes Mda

Dr. Zakes Mda

Mda is a Professor in Ohio University’s Creative Writing: Fiction program in the College of Arts & Sciences Department of English.

The narrative centres on the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe where the royal sculptor has two heirs, Chata and Rendani. As they grow, so grows their rivalry – and their extraordinary talents.

But while Rendani becomes a master sculptor of the animals that run in the wild hills and lush valleys of the land, Chata learns to carve fantastic beings from his dreams, creatures never before seen on the Earth. From this natural rivalry between brothers, Zakes Mda crafts an irresistibly rich fable of love and family….

Zakes Mda, one of South Africa’s foremost authors (novelist, poet and playwright of more than 20 works), needs no introduction. He has won numerous literary awards in South Africa and the United States of America, including both the M-Net Award for English Fiction and the Sunday Times Fiction Award.

He has studied in Lesotho, South Africa and the USA and is a founding member of the African Writers Trust, an initiative that aims to bring together African writers. Zakes is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio University’s Department of English.

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