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Mda, Zakes

Overview
Works: 111 works in 438 publications in 17 languages and 9,227 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Satire  Romance fiction  Biography  Action and adventure fiction  Adventure stories  Drama 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Author of introduction, Creator, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR9369.3.M4, 823.914
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The Madonna of Excelsior by Zakes Mda( Book )

38 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,010 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel takes readers deep into the heart of apartheid in the early 1970s, focusing on a mixed race family that is trying to survive on the closely regulated line between black and white
The heart of redness by Zakes Mda( Book )

35 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 937 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man returns to South Africa and finds himself in the middle of a debate about the future of the Xhosa people
Ways of dying : a novel by Zakes Mda( Book )

35 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Toloki, a professional mourner in South Africa, is reunited with a woman from his village
The whale caller by Zakes Mda( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charts a tender, funny romance between the "Whale Caller" in a small South African coastal town and the town drunk, Saluni
Cion : a novel by Zakes Mda( Book )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South African Mda once again centers his story upon the professional mourner Toloki-this time, as he makes his way through a sad and surreal America. Set on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, the novel fixes its outsider gaze on everything from Billionaires for Bush to late-night television, viewing American cultural and political life through a near-anthropological lens. But there is much heart here, too, as Toloki is taken in by an impoverished Southern family
When people play people : development communication through theatre by Zakes Mda( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She plays with the darkness : a novel by Zakes Mda( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a remote mountain village, the beautiful Dikosha lives for dancing and for song. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru, struggling amid political upheaval to find a life for himself away from the hills. As the years pass, Radisene's fortunes rise and fall in the city, while Dikosha remains in the village, never leaving and never aging. And through it all, the community watches, comments, and passes judgment"--Jacket
And the girls in their Sunday dresses : four works by Zakes Mda( Book )

13 editions published between 1993 and 2004 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black diamond by Zakes Mda( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kristin Uys, a tough magistrate, goes on a one-woman crusade to wipe out prostitution in her town. Her reasons are personal and her zeal is fierce. Her main targets are the Visagie Brothers, Stevo and Shortie, who run a brothel, and although she fails to take down the entire establishment, she manages to nail Stevo for contempt of court. From Diepkloof Prison, the outraged Stevo orchestrates his revenge against the magistrate, aided and abetted by his rather inept brother Shortie and his erstwhile nanny, Aunt Magda. As Kristin faces menacing phone calls and vandalism, the chief magistrate has no choice but to assign a bodyguard to protect her. To Kristin's consternation, security guard Don Mateza moves into her home and trails her everywhere. This new arrangement doesn't suit Don's longtime girlfriend Tumi, former model and successful businesswoman, who is intent on turning Don into a Black Diamond, a member of the wealthy new black South African middle class. And Don soon finds that his new assignment has unexpected complications which Tumi simply does not understand. In Black Diamond, Zakes Mda tackles every conceivable South African stereotype, skillfully turning them upside down and exposing their ironies, often hilariously. This is a clever, quirky novel in which Mda captures the essence of contemporary life in a fast-changing urban world"--
Fools, bells, and the habit of eating : three satires by Zakes Mda( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Mother of All Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on materialism in which the protagonist gets his come-uppance." "You Fool, How Can the Sky Fall? is an unbridled study in grotesquerie, reflecting a belief, traceable throughout Mda's work, that government by those who inherit a revolution is almost inevitably, in the first decade or two, hijacked by the smart operators." "The Bells of Amersfoort, with its graphic portrayal of the isolation imposed by exile, picks up on the themes of the other two plays, but adds to them the concept of 'healing', both of the soul and of the land, in a lyrical work which holds out more hope than do its companions in this volume."--Jacket
Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. But while Rendani became a master carver of the animals that run in the wild hills and lush valleys of the land, Chata learned to carve fantastic beings from his dreams, creatures never before seen on the Earth. From this natural rivalry between brothers, Zakes Mda crafts an irresistibly rich fable of love and family. What makes the better art, perfect mimicry or inspiration? Who makes the better wife, a princess or a mysterious dancer? Ageless and contemporary, deceptive in its simplicity and mythical in its scope, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe encompasses all we know of love, envy, and the artist's primal power to forge art from nature and nature into art
We shall sing for the fatherland by Zakes Mda( )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zakes Mda's work is acutely concerned with South Africa at the crossroads. Elements of history, contemporary experience and the future are combined in these plays to present a powerful dramatic statement
Rachel's blue by Zakes Mda( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Athens, Ohio, old high-school friends Rachel Boucher and Jason de Klerk reconnect­ and rekindle a relationship that quickly becomes passionate. Initially, all seems well. Not only the couple but their friends and family are happy at this unexpected conjunction. But then Rachel meets someone else. Jason's anger boils over into violence--violence that turns the community on its head, pitting friends and neighbors against one another. And all this happens before Rachel realizes she's pregnant. A powerful, piercing satire of contemporary life, love, and society, Rachel's Blue is a wonderful example of the social novel, surprising us with undeniable revelations about everyday life."--Dust jacket
Dark voices ring by Zakes Mda( )

2 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Banned by Zakes Mda( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hill by Zakes Mda( )

5 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joys of war by Zakes Mda( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love letters by Zakes Mda( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nun's romantic story by Zakes Mda( )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dead end by Zakes Mda( )

4 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Madonna of Excelsior
Alternative Names
Mda, Zakes.

Mda, Zanemvula 1948-

Mda, Zanemvula K. 1948-

Mda , Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni

Mda Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni 1948-....

Zakes Mda escriptor sud-africà

Zakes Mda escritor sudafricano

Zakes Mda scrittore, poeta e drammaturgo sudafricano

Zakes Mda South African writer

Zakes Mda südafrikanischer Autor und Dramatiker

Zakes Mda Zuid-Afrikaans schrijver

음다, 자케스 1948-

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The heart of rednessWays of dying : a novelThe whale callerCion : a novelWhen people play people : development communication through theatreShe plays with the darkness : a novelBlack diamondFools, bells, and the habit of eating : three satires