: Mohlele (N.)

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138pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018


"A work of reflective intensity, re-imagining a memorable character from JM Coetzee's world of stark and sparse prose and transplanting him in Mohlele's ornate and lyrical one. Told mostly in a restrained register and with direct characterisation that consciously distances the readers emotionally, the work glistens with humour and a delightful turn of phrase. Mohlele pays homage to Coetzee by appropriating and subverting Coetzee's tools of metafiction and intertextuality to provide his own closure to 'Life and Times of Michael K'." Zakes Mda

Nthikeng Mohlele is also the author of the novels "The Scent of Bliss", "Small Things", "Rusty Bell" and "Pleasure", which won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing in English as well as the 2017 K. Sello Duiker Memorial Prize.