One of South Africa’s most prolific and beloved authors, Zakes Mda, has just published his new novel, Little Suns, a marvelous work of historical fiction. It is an epic African love story set against the true history of the assassination of the 19th Century Cape Colony Magistrate, Hamilton Hope. It is also partly the telling of Mda’s own family and heritage.
Andrea van Wyk spoke to him about his latest novel, the clash between the West and the traditional, as well as the debate on race and literature in South Africa.
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