Author: Fred Khumalo
Published: April 2019
Extent: 134 pages
Fred Khumalo’s debut isiZulu book, uManzekhofi nezaKhe (‘Manzekhofi’s Tales’) is a collection of interconnected, irreverent, timeless and witty short stories inspired by Kunyenyeza Esikhotheni, the isiZulu translation of Geraldine Elliot’s The Long Grass Whispers. Most of the 13 stories are centred on the trials and tribulations of the Sibiya family after moving from the township to a white suburb, as seen through the eyes of Manzekhofi and S’khalangabanye, the house cat and dog. Other stories, meanwhile, follow the exploits of a host of memorable animal characters, from rats, and goats to the hamerkop bird, baboon, and wild-cats/servals. uManzekhofi nezaKhe, while following the growth of Manzekhofi on his journeys, is also a telling of a family’s experience of post-apartheid South Africa through a seemingly whimsical, but critical lens.
About the Authors:
Fred Khumalo is a journalist, short story writer, essayist and novelist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His most recent book, Dancing the Death Drill, was longlisted for the Barry Ronge Prize for Fiction 2018, shortlisted for the UJ Prize for South African Writing, and adapted into a stage-performance in England that has received critical acclaim. His other books are: Talk of the Town and Other Stories, Bitches’ Brew, Touch My Blood, Seven Steps to Heaven, Zulu Boy Gone Crazy, The Lighter Side of Life on Robben Island, and the hilarious #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants. Fred Khumalo holds an MA Creative Writing from Wits University, a National Diploma in Journalism from the Durban University of Technology and was a Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University (2011 – 2012). He has won numerous awards for his journalism, and his debut novel Bitches’ Brew won the European Union Literary Award in 2006.
Key Selling Points:
• Fred Khumalo is one of the country’s leading authors in terms of fanbase/ following, is regularly invited to present at literary festivals in South Africa and around the world, and is known internationally for his work as a novelist, journalist and essayist.
• Fred Khumalo’s debut title in his mother tongue, isiZulu
• A fresh take on isiZulu literature that is upbeat, clever, and relevant
• Appeals to all ages: the stories are simple enough that younger audiences can read and enjoy the basic plots, but there is a great deal that is intended for intellectual consumption and consideration
• Beautifully written: Fred is a seasoned writer who makes full use of his talents in this book, having created a stunning example of the beauty of well-written isiZulu literature
• Illustration done by Vusisizwe Khumalo, the author’s son. This father-son duo’s work is often featured in newspapers, where Vusisizwe’s illustrations
Published By: Kwasukela Books