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ISBN:
0195711068
Author:
Zakes Mda
Category:
History & Criticism
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press (November 16, 1995)
Pages:
200 pages
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Ways of Dying is a 1995 novel by South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda. The text follows the wanderings and creative endeavors of Toloki, a self-employed professional mourner.

Ways of Dying is a 1995 novel by South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda. The text follows the wanderings and creative endeavors of Toloki, a self-employed professional mourner, as he traverses an unnamed South African city during the nation's transitional period. Ways of Dying examines the concepts of nation-building after the communal trauma of Apartheid. It is an examination of the interregnum period in South African history

south africa professional mourner ways of dying zakes mda south african interesting novel toloki fiction novels apartheid . It's a short book, but it's well written, and paints a vivid picture of life in South Africa. And yes, the 'black perspective' is different, and very interesting, and most welcome.

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Book Description: Written in the style of "magic realism," this tragic-comic contemporary novel is set against the backdrops of shabby but vibrant city . Tell us what do you think about Ways of Dying (Southern African Writing).

Book Description: Written in the style of "magic realism," this tragic-comic contemporary novel is set against the backdrops of shabby but vibrant city slums and a rural South African community. The story’s hero, Toloki, is an eccentric yet dignified professional mourner whose different worlds are reconciled, amid an atmosphere charged with bizarre realism, when he finds love and makes peace with his past. More books like Ways of Dying (Southern African Writing) may be found by selecting the categories below: Fiction, General.

This one blew me away. Zakes Mda’s novel Ways of Dying is set in the early 1990s–if I had to guess, it would be 1990-1991: between the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison and when he was elected president (1994) and apartheid officially became illegal.

In his novel, Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda challenges this perception in relation to the South African liberation . Current Writing: Text and Reception in. Southern Africa.

In his novel, Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda challenges this perception in relation to the South African liberation struggle. Gender Politics in Zakes Mda's Ways of. Dying. Version of record first published: 29 Apr 2011. To cite this article: Thembinkosi Twalo (2011): Gender Politics in Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying, Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, 23:1, 45-56.

Born Zakes Mda in 1948 in South Africa in the Eastern Cape, Mda spent his early childhood in Soweto, and finished his school education in Lesotho, where he had joined his father in exile

Born Zakes Mda in 1948 in South Africa in the Eastern Cape, Mda spent his early childhood in Soweto, and finished his school education in Lesotho, where he had joined his father in exile. As a poet, he published in magazines such as Staffrider, The Voice, and Oduma, and in the anthologies New South African Writing in 1977, Summer Fires in 1982 and Soho Square in 1992. His first volume of poems, Bits of Debris, came out in 1986. In 1978 Mda's play We Shall Sing for the Fatherland, written in 1973, won the first Amstel Playwright of the Year Award.

Ways of Dying was awarded South Africa's prestigious M-Net Book Prize, awarded by the TV channel M-Net to books written in one of. .Zakes Mda. A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature.

Zakes Mda. In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior in South Africa's white-ruled Free State were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sex between blacks and whites. Taking this case as raw material for his alchemic imagination, Zakes Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal -and of a country in which apartheid concealed interracial liaisons of every kind.

Zakes Mda is the pen name of Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, a South .

Zakes Mda is the pen name of Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, a South African novelist, poet and playwright. His first novel, Ways of Dying takes place during the transitional years that marked South Africa's transformation into a democratic nation. (1977) New South African Writing (1979) We Shall Sing for the Fatherland (1979) Dead End (1979) Dark Voices Ring (1980) The Hill (1982) Banned: A Play for Radio (1982) Summer Fires (1986) Bits of Debris: The Poetry of Zakes Mda (1988) And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses (1989) Joys of War (1990) The Plays of Zakes Mda (1991) The Nun's Romantic.

Like all recent South African fiction I have read, this one is full of horrible violence

This is a brilliant written book that everyone with a sense of adventure and imagination will enjoy. A wonderful terrible book. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 16 years ago. WAYS OF DYING is one of the most fascinating novels that I have read in years. Like all recent South African fiction I have read, this one is full of horrible violence. But it is a love story, and much more optimistic than Coetzee or Brink. Painful in it's optimism.

Written in the style of "magic realism," this tragic-comic contemporary novel is set against the backdrops of shabby but vibrant city slums and a rural South African community. The story's hero, Toloki, is an eccentric yet dignified professional mourner whose different worlds are reconciled, amid an atmosphere charged with bizarre realism, when he finds love and makes peace with his past.
  • Lestony
I read this book for a postcolonial lit cousre, and I really enjoyed it. Although the book takes place in South Africa (interacting with cultures I personally am unfamiliar with), Mda did an excellent job of making the cultures in the novel accessible to readers not from those cultures. Any words that were not in English were explained within the paragraph, which I really appreciated, because this maintained the influences of local languages on the novel, while allowing me (an English speaker) to read without pause.
Mda's style of narration was also really interesting. Most of the novel is told from a plural second person perspective-- from the perspective of the village and community. The narrators are omnipresent and anonymous, which was a really cool and neat experience different from most Western novels.
Even though the content was somewhat depressing (death obviously plays a large role since Toloki is a professional mourner), the novel was still engaging and not entirely depressing. The characters live in a difficult world, but they are not consumed by the depression and death that surrounds them, which made the novel easier to read for me at least.
  • Gholbithris
Zakes Mda spins a web of demonic intricacies including possession, fornication and undertones of a man who hates God. If I didn’t need to read this for class I would never read it voluntarily. This book is a complete fiction taking real-life events to the extreme. Why do people concoct lies to decry God? Because it’s the way of the left, lies.
  • LadyShlak
I am an avid reader of African literature, both fiction and non-fiction (especially memoirs). I am always searching for contemporary non-white writers (the white writers are good, but it is not unreasonable to want other perspectives), so I was happy to learn about Zakes Mda from a recent New York Times book review column, and I ordered his two books immediately.
'Ways of Dying' is not about post-apartheid South Africa, though the blurb suggests that. I estimate it to be set in the late 1980s, shortly before the end of the old regime was drawing near.
It's a short book, but it's well written, and paints a vivid picture of life in South Africa. And yes, the 'black perspective' is different, and very interesting, and most welcome.
  • showtime
There are numerous books that you can read that explain South Africa's recent political history. Or you can read this work of fiction that captures these times in an even more vivid and truthful manner.
  • Gaiauaco
It was a beautiful book in an ugly scene. The writing had a folk or mythological tone which only added to its attractions. The second reading only confirmed why the first time I had read it stayed with me and haunted me for years. Highly recommended.
  • Zut
Mad wrote a spacious encounter of apartheid rule in south Africa. The novel draws readers in a pragmatic method revealing the jovial yet saddening reality of oppression. A must read !
  • Hamrl
Great read! One of the most original novels I've read, be that in its content or in its form. Mda is a real master!
But, it does convey the difficulties of the characters. I thought it would be more descriptive of Africa as a whole, but instead it is all about the 2 main characters, who are just not that interesting to me.