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The List: A peek at the Stevenson library

Stevenson gallery staff took to Instagram to share a small selection of literature guiding their “respective journeys towards listening, learning and confronting bias”

Historical novel tests notion of nation

The past explains the present but not the future because ‘that tiny chaos’ makes the future opaque

History plus myth means dignity

Mda’s latest novel paints a picture of how the West, then and now, refashions the other to validate its own preconceptions

1995 play still relevant today

The president and his fawning ministers are being interrogated about corruption. Sound familiar?

The art of darkness

The trope of the anguished artist romanticises the acute mental suffering that afflicts some of those who find an escape in creativity

Zakes Mda’s attack on Zuma is far-fetched and ludicrous

Every leader in this democratic dispensation understands that they are not above the organisations that nominated them, says the president's adviser.

Zakes Mda: Donald Trump is a product of desperation

The academic believes the Democratic candidate will win the US election and slammed Republican candidate Donald Trump as racist and xenophobic.

​Land and patriarchy take centre stage in Kani and Mda’s recent collaborative play

The director-writer duo of John Kani and Zakes Mda taps into a relevant South Africa topic, but could do more to deepen the conversation.

Little Suns: Bloody past in the tense present

Zakes Mda says his historical novels, such as his latest, ‘Little Suns’, grapple with the same issues that currently plague South Africa.

Two writers ‘put flesh on the bones’ of our forgotten histories

Veteran writer Zakes Mda and first-time novelist Nakhane Touré discover they are more similar in their views than they thought.

UJ Prize: Winners in newfound freedom

Noted novelist Zakes Mda and debut writer Penny Busetto take the University of Johannesburg awards.

Winning novels examples of newfound writing freedom

Noted novelist Zakes Mda and debut writer Penny Busetto have won the University of Johannesburg awards with "Rachel's Blue" and "The Story of Anna P".

21 years in SA literature: How the local pen has flowed

The fall of apartheid’s structures has allowed fiction to explore a range of social issues.

Post-liberation writing plays hide-and-seek with plot

What is the real issue facing South African writers after apartheid?

Zakes Mda: The year of the mirror

Jane Rosenthal sculpts dreams and rides quaggas in the exotic kingdom of the sacred gold-plated rhino in Zakes Mda's "The Sculptors of Mapungubwe".

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