|The Madonna of Excelsior: A Novel|
by Zakes Mda
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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2004-03-15)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 0374200084 / 9780374200084
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 269690
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“The author, a South African playwright as well as novelist, conducts his story, which concerns forbidden sexual relations and their consequences, in a voice that is humorous, wry and generous, never softening the brutality visited on blacks but never denying the humanity of the oppressors as well as of the oppressed.”
A new novel by a towering presence in contemporary South African literature
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In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior in South Africa's white-ruled Free State were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sex between blacks and whites. Taking this case as raw material for his alchemic imagination, Zakes Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal -and of a country in which apartheid concealed interracial
liaisons of every kind.
Niki, the fallen madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have repercussions in the lives of her black son and mixed-race daughter, who come of age in post-apartheid South Africa, where freedom prompts them to reexamine their country's troubled history at first hand.
By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the 1970s and the present.
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