Zakes Mda

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography:

Zakes Mda is a South African writer, painter, composer and film maker. He commutes between South Africa and the U.S., working as a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, beekeeper in the Eastern Cape, a patron of the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and a director of the Southern African Multimedia AIDS Trust in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. 

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THE SCULPTORS OF MAPUNGUBWE Literary fiction, 304 pages Seagull Books - June 2013 In the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe, the royal sculptor had two sons, Chata and Rendani. As they grew, so grew their rivalry - and their extraordinary talents. "Vivid inventiveness and acerbic iconoclasm . . . Tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Zakes Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death." -- New York Times Book Review

THE SCULPTORS OF MAPUNGUBWE

Literary fiction, 304 pages
Seagull Books - June 2013


In the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe, the royal sculptor had two sons, Chata and Rendani. As they grew, so
grew their rivalry - and their extraordinary talents.

"Vivid inventiveness and acerbic iconoclasm . . . Tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Zakes Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death." -- New York Times Book Review

SOMETIMES THERE IS A VOID Memoir, 559 pages Penguin (SA) - April 2011 'This is Zakes Mda's story. It must be read.' -- Maureen Isaacson, The Sunday Independent

SOMETIMES THERE IS A VOID

Memoir, 559 pages
Penguin (SA) - April 2011

'This is Zakes Mda's story. It must be read.' -- Maureen Isaacson, The Sunday Independent

LITTLE SUNS Literary fiction, 260 pages Umuzi, November 2015 Fresh classic from master storyteller Mda, intertwining an unusual love story with little-told history. Malangana (‘Little Suns’) searches for the woman he was parted from during The Wars of Hope – the real-life 19th Century battles between Xhosa tribes and British colonial rulers after the murder of Magistrate Hamilton Hope. 

LITTLE SUNS

Literary fiction, 260 pages
Umuzi, November 2015

Fresh classic from master storyteller Mda, intertwining an unusual love story with little-told history. Malangana (‘Little Suns’) searches for the woman he was parted from during The Wars of Hope – the real-life 19th Century battles between Xhosa tribes and British colonial rulers after the murder of Magistrate Hamilton Hope. 

THE WHALE CALLER Literary fiction, 210 pages Penguin Group (UK) - 2006 Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award 2007 Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Africa Region 2006. A tale of outsiders, dreams and whales – an off-beat love story set in a South African sea-side town. ‘A beguiling amalgam of fiction, religious parable, animal fable and moral argument.’ -- Kirkus

THE WHALE CALLER

Literary fiction, 210 pages
Penguin Group (UK) - 2006


Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Award 2007 Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize Africa Region 2006.

A tale of outsiders, dreams and whales – an off-beat love story set in a South African sea-side town
.

‘A beguiling amalgam of fiction, religious parable, animal fable and moral argument.’ -- Kirkus