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The Sculptors of Mapungubwe | General Fiction

Zakes Mda


Sunday Times Fiction Prize Longlist

The Sculptors of Mapungubwe
is Mda’s first novel since 2009’s bestselling Black Diamond. The narrative centres on the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe where the royal sculptor has two heirs, Chata and Rendani. As they grow, so grows their rivalry – and their extraordinary talents.

But while Rendani becomes a master sculptor of the animals that run in the wild hills and lush valleys of the land, Chata learns to carve fantastic beings from his dreams, creatures never before seen on the Earth. From this natural rivalry between brothers, Zakes Mda crafts an irresistibly rich fable of love and family.

What makes the better art, perfect mimicry or inspiration? Who makes the better wife, a princess or a mysterious dancer? Ageless and contemporary, deceptive in its simplicity and mythical in its scope, The Sculptors of Mapungubwe encompasses all we know of love, envy and the artist's primal power to forge art from nature and nature into art.


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The Sculptors of Mapungubwe | General Fiction

Author: Zakes Mda
Category: General Fiction
ISBN: 9780795706271
Date Released: 15 October 2013
Price (incl. VAT): R 260.00
Format: Soft cover, 224pp

About this author

Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda, one of South Africa’s foremost authors (novelist, poet and playwright of more than 20 works), needs no introduction. He has won numerous literary...