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An Interview with Sandile Ngidi PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 March 2008 17:00

Translator of Professor Sibusiso Nyembezi's The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg.

Inkinsela yaseMgungundlovu (The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg) by Pietermaritzburg’s Professor Sibusiso Nyembezi has long been regarded as one of the best novels ever written in Zulu. It has been a school setwork, was a popular radio series in the 1970s, adapted for television in the 1980s and on the list of Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century that appeared in 2002. But there has never been an English language version.

That is now being put right, with a paperback edition coming from British publisher, Aflame Books, who are an independent publishing house bringing out English translations of works from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East; books that have been hidden from the English-speaking world by the barriers of culture and language. Aflame published a collection called Poems for Mandela, and one of the contributors was Johannesburg-based journalist and writer Sandile Ngidi. “I approached them about the possibility of doing a translation,“ he says, explaining that he has been amazed by the number of people who ask him where they can get hold of translations of classic African language books.


An Interview with Nape `a Motana PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2008 01:34

Nape `a Motanaauthor of Fanie Fourie's Lobola.

1. Fanie Fourie's Lobola is a book about a young white Afrikaans man wanting to marry a black woman. Did you draw on your own experience? Have you had a multi-racial relationship? 

I had multi-racial friendships and platonic and intellectual multi-racial attractions and relationships but never romantic multi-racial relationships, no. I'm particularly referring to the days of the Immorality Act, which was repealed in 1986.

During the mid-1990s, though, I was twice part of the lobola negotiating teams, and that's what planted the seed of the idea for this book.

2. When did you first start writing? 

I first started writing poetry in the 1970's (Eish, I'm giving away my age!) later to dabble with playwriting. I tried my hand at novel-writing between 1994 and 1996 while I continued with playwriting; I resumed novel-writing seriously, with Fanie Fourie's Lobola in 1999. 

An Interview with Zukiswa Wanner PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 January 2008 17:00
The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains of The Madams (published by Oshun Books).

How do you feel about The Madams now that you’ve had a few months to get used to it being published?
I am still amused by it and annoy visitors to my house who have not bought a copy of it yet by egotistically reading quotes.

When did you first start writing?
Five. Isn’t that about the age that everyone starts?

What do you love most about writing?
With the medium of fiction, it’s the freedom it gives me to say things that are considered tactless by polite society.

Tell us a little about when and where you write?
In my bedroom, on my PC. I usually wake up around eleven at night and write until the early hours of the morning.


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