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Zakes Mda

(Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda)
South Africa

Zakes Mda was born in the Herschel district of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He is the author of five novels, one novella and more than twenty plays and is also a painter, composer and filmmaker. He commutes between South Africa and the USA, working as a professor of creative writing at Ohio University, beekeeper in the Eastern Cape, an adviser to the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, and a director of the Southern African Multimedia AIDS Trust in Sophiatown, Johannesburg.
1. Ways of Dying (1995)
2. Cion (2007)
Non fiction
When People Play People (1997)
The Steve Biko Memorial Lectures 2000-2008 (2011) (with Chinua Achebe, Nkosinathi Biko, Nelson Mandela, Trevor Manuel, Thabo Mbeki, Njabulo Ndebele, Mamphela Ramphele, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Desmond Tutu)
Sometimes There Is a Void (2012)
Zakes Mda recommends
The Quiet Violence of Dreams
The Quiet Violence of Dreams (2001)
K Sello Duiker
"What a great writer of the post-apartheid era!"

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