338 pp., paperback, Pietermaritzburg, 2011
Hlonipa Mokoena examines the life of Magema Fuze, a first-generation convert to Christianity, a printer, a "kholwa" intellectual, and the first Zulu author to write a book in Zulu, "Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Ngakona" (1922), in order to understand "what it meant for Fuze and his contemporaries to write as colonised subjects." from the introduction
"Hlonipha Mokoena's groundbreaking book on Fuze, written with incisive clarity and penetration, examines material from the vernacular press which has hardly been taken into consideration in the study of South African literature. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the turbulent colonial history of Natal and the emergence of black intellectuals in South Africa." Professor Jonathan Draper, School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Hlonipha Mokoena is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Columbia Univesity.