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   Ways of Dying
A Novel
by Zakes Mda
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Categories: African Literature | Young Adult - 14 and up
Code: 1073 |  ISBN: 0312420919 |  216 pp. |  Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Picador
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
In Ways of Dying, Zakes Mda's acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a "professional mourner" in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa. Day after day he attends funerals in the townships, dressed with dignity in a threadbare suit, cape, and battered top hat, to comfort the grieving families of the victims of the city's crime, racial hatred, and crippling poverty. At a Christmas day funeral for a young boy Toloki is reunited with Noria, a woman from his village. Together they help each other to heal the past, and as their story interweaves with those of their acquaintances this elegant short novel provides a magical and painful picture of South Africa today.

Ways of Dying was awarded South Africa's prestigious M-Net Book Prize, awarded by the TV channel M-Net to books written in one of South Africa's official languages, and was shortlisted for the Central News Agency (CNA) Award and the Noma Award, an Africa-wide prize founded by Shoichi Noma, onetime president of Kodansha International.

Indigo's Comments
Structurally a little clumsy, I thought, but full of life and linguistic inventiveness. ?geoff

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