The Madonna of Excelsior

"A generous, patient, wry and intelligent voice...[that] suggests not just a writer who can seduce us through beautiful language and unfailing humor. We also encounter a writer who has the power to shock and frighten us, to astound and anger and unsettle us...In short, his is a voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration." --Neil Gordon, "New York Times Book Review"Selection, Summer Reading, "New York Times Book Review"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 one irrepressible fallen madonna, Niki, and her family, at the heart of the scandal.

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A marvelous work, rich with 'beautiful madness.' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review The Madonna of Excelsior has the captivating symmetry of an altarpiece. --Peter Campion, San Francisco Chronicle Graceful...Sharp and unsparing...Mda refuses to undermine his nation's problems with cheap melodrama. Yet his gift, in addition to being an extraordinary writer, is to infuse the past with meaning, to make urgent the challenges of the present, and to reveal the gentle, often stinging, human comedy in both. -- Boston Globe The extraordinary social and political transformation of South Africa as it affects the residents of the village of Excelsior...Zakes Mda, a canny writer, knows that sometimes the best way to approach history is to view it through the lives of people at its periphery...[Mda is] a subtle and evocative writer who can range from lyricism to satire with surprising effect, and never descends to the formulaic. --Charles Matthews, The Tallahassee Democrat
Author:
Mda Zakes Zakes Mda
Format:
Paperback

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"A generous, patient, wry and intelligent voice...[that] suggests not just a writer who can seduce us through beautiful language and unfailing humor. We also encounter a writer who has the power to shock and frighten us, to astound and anger and unsettle us...In short, his is a voice for which one should feel not only affection but admiration." --Neil Gordon, "New York Times Book Review"Selection, Summer Reading, "New York Times Book Review"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 one irrepressible fallen madonna, Niki, and her family, at the heart of the scandal.

Review:

A marvelous work, rich with 'beautiful madness.' -- Los Angeles Times Book Review The Madonna of Excelsior has the captivating symmetry of an altarpiece. --Peter Campion, San Francisco Chronicle Graceful...Sharp and unsparing...Mda refuses to undermine his nation's problems with cheap melodrama. Yet his gift, in addition to being an extraordinary writer, is to infuse the past with meaning, to make urgent the challenges of the present, and to reveal the gentle, often stinging, human comedy in both. -- Boston Globe The extraordinary social and political transformation of South Africa as it affects the residents of the village of Excelsior...Zakes Mda, a canny writer, knows that sometimes the best way to approach history is to view it through the lives of people at its periphery...[Mda is] a subtle and evocative writer who can range from lyricism to satire with surprising effect, and never descends to the formulaic. --Charles Matthews, The Tallahassee Democrat

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Author:
Zakes Mda, Mda Zakes
Subtitle:
A Novel a Novel
Publisher:
St Martin's Press
ISBN:
9780312423827
Audience:
General
Pages:
288
Width (mm):
139
Length (mm):
213
Weight (g):
317

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