The Heart Of Redness

Paperback | August 31, 2003

byZakes Mda

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Camugu, recently returned to Johannesburg and disillusioned by the new democracy, moves to the remote Eastern Cape. There in the nineteenth century a teenage prophetess commanded the Xhosa people to kill their cattle and burn their crops, promising that the spirits of their ancestors would rise and drive the English into the ocean. The failed prophecy split the people in two, with devastating consequences. One hundred and fifty years later, the two groups' decendants are at odds over plans to build a vast casino and tourist resort, and Camugu is soon drawn into their heritage and their future--and into a bizarre love triangle as well.

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Camugu, recently returned to Johannesburg and disillusioned by the new democracy, moves to the remote Eastern Cape. There in the nineteenth century a teenage prophetess commanded the Xhosa people to kill their cattle and burn their crops, promising that the spirits of their ancestors would rise and drive the English into the ocean. The...

Zakes Mda, a novelist and playwright, has received every major South African prize for his work. A former visiting professor at Yale and the University of Vermont, he teaches at Ohio University and is the dramaturge at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. He lives in Athens, Ohio.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:277 pages, 8.2 × 6.38 × 0.76 inPublished:August 31, 2003Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312421745

ISBN - 13:9780312421748

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At once legend and historical document...Mda's novel is the next Things Fall Apart....This is a major new novelist.