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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Picador USA; 1 edition (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312420919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312420918
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 40 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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"ÝA¨ marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old."--Tony Eprile, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state."--Seth Taylor, San Diego State University," The San Diego Union-Tribune"
"In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels Ý"Ways of Dying "and "Heart of Redness"¨, we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision."--Neil Gordon, "The Washington Post Book World"
"A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner."--Anderson Tepper, "The Village Voice"
"Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seekredemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship."--Rene E. Graham, "The Boston Globe"
"A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with irony, humor, and originality."--Sheila Kohler, author of "Children of Pithiviers"
"Once you have finished "Ways of Dying," you won't know whether you read the novel or dreamt it. Zakes Mda has gathered up all the human waste and political detritus of South African life and distilled it into a magic realist text of great beauty, humor, pathos."--"The Sunday Independent "(South Africa)
"A flawless, intricate, seamless weave, with magic and mystery . . . Mda is a master storyteller."--Sindiwe Magona
"The future is not far when Mda could come to be recognized as South Africa's leading literary figure . . . "Ways of Dying" can be read as an allegory for the contemporary life of Africans. Yet despite its depressing title . . . the book ends up not being being about many ways of dying but many ways of living."--"Sowetan" (South African)
"An excellent novel."--Tim Couzens
"Creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"A moving and startlingly original novel."--"Mail & Guardian" (South Africa)


"[A] marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old."--Tony Eprile, "The New York Times Book Review"
"Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state."--Seth Taylor, San Diego State University, " The San Diego Union-Tribune"
"In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels ["Ways of Dying "and "Heart of Redness"], we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision."--Neil Gordon, "The Washington Post Book World"
"A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner."--Anderson Tepper, "The Village Voice"
"Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seek redemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship."--Rene E. Graham, "The Boston Globe"
"A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with irony, humor, and originality."--Sheila Kohler, author of "Children of Pithiviers"
"Once you have finished "Ways of Dying, " you won't know whether you read the novel or dreamt it. Zakes Mda has gathered up all the human waste and political detritus of South African life and distilled it into a magic realist text of great beauty, humor, pathos."--"The Sunday Independent "(South Africa)
"A flawless, intricate, seamless weave, with magic and mystery . . . Mda is a master storyteller."--Sindiwe Magona
"The future is not far when Mda could come to be recognized as South Africa's leading literary figure . . . "Ways of Dying" can be read as an allegory for the contemporary life of Africans. Yet despite its depressing title . . . the book ends up not being being about many ways of dying but many ways of living."--"Sowetan" (South African)
"An excellent novel."--Tim Couzens
"Creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"A moving and startlingly original novel."--"Mail & Guardian" (South Africa)


[A] marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old. "Tony Eprile, The New York Times Book Review"

Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state. "Seth Taylor, San Diego State University, The San Diego Union-Tribune"

In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels ["Ways of Dying "and "Heart of Redness"], we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision. "Neil Gordon, The Washington Post Book World"

A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner. "Anderson Tepper, The Village Voice"

Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seek redemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship. "Rene E. Graham, The Boston Globe"

A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with irony, humor, and originality. "Sheila Kohler, author of Children of Pithiviers"

Once you have finished "Ways of Dying, " you won't know whether you read the novel or dreamt it. Zakes Mda has gathered up all the human waste and political detritus of South African life and distilled it into a magic realist text of great beauty, humor, pathos. "The Sunday Independent (South Africa)"

A flawless, intricate, seamless weave, with magic and mystery . . . Mda is a master storyteller. "Sindiwe Magona"

The future is not far when Mda could come to be recognized as South Africa's leading literary figure . . . "Ways of Dying" can be read as an allegory for the contemporary life of Africans. Yet despite its depressing title . . . the book ends up not being being about many ways of dying but many ways of living. "Sowetan (South African)"

An excellent novel. "Tim Couzens"

Creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition. "Kirkus Reviews"

A moving and startlingly original novel. "Mail & Guardian (South Africa)""

[A] marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old. Tony Eprile, The New York Times Book Review

Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state. Seth Taylor, San Diego State University, The San Diego Union-Tribune

In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels [Ways of Dying and Heart of Redness], we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision. Neil Gordon, The Washington Post Book World

A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner. Anderson Tepper, The Village Voice

Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seek redemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship. Rene E. Graham, The Boston Globe

A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with irony, humor, and originality. Sheila Kohler, author of Children of Pithiviers

Once you have finished Ways of Dying, you won't know whether you read the novel or dreamt it. Zakes Mda has gathered up all the human waste and political detritus of South African life and distilled it into a magic realist text of great beauty, humor, pathos. The Sunday Independent (South Africa)

A flawless, intricate, seamless weave, with magic and mystery . . . Mda is a master storyteller. Sindiwe Magona

The future is not far when Mda could come to be recognized as South Africa's leading literary figure . . . Ways of Dying can be read as an allegory for the contemporary life of Africans. Yet despite its depressing title . . . the book ends up not being being about many ways of dying but many ways of living. Sowetan (South African)

An excellent novel. Tim Couzens

Creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition. Kirkus Reviews

A moving and startlingly original novel. Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

"

"[A] marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old." --Tony Eprile, The New York Times Book Review

"Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state." --Seth Taylor, San Diego State University, The San Diego Union-Tribune

"In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels [Ways of Dying and Heart of Redness], we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision." --Neil Gordon, The Washington Post Book World

"A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner." --Anderson Tepper, The Village Voice

"Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seek redemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship." --Rene E. Graham, The Boston Globe

"A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with irony, humor, and originality." --Sheila Kohler, author of Children of Pithiviers

"Once you have finished Ways of Dying, you won't know whether you read the novel or dreamt it. Zakes Mda has gathered up all the human waste and political detritus of South African life and distilled it into a magic realist text of great beauty, humor, pathos." --The Sunday Independent (South Africa)

"A flawless, intricate, seamless weave, with magic and mystery . . . Mda is a master storyteller." --Sindiwe Magona

"The future is not far when Mda could come to be recognized as South Africa's leading literary figure . . . Ways of Dying can be read as an allegory for the contemporary life of Africans. Yet despite its depressing title . . . the book ends up not being being about many ways of dying but many ways of living." --Sowetan (South African)

"An excellent novel." --Tim Couzens

"Creates a vivid, bustling image of contemporary Africa in transition." --Kirkus Reviews

"A moving and startlingly original novel." --Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

About the Author

Zakes Mda, novelist and playwright, has received every major South African prize for his work. Born in 1948, he has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of Vermont. He is writer-in-residence at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. His most recent novel, The Heart of Redness, was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize.


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