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The author of the book: Zakes Mda
Edition: e/o
Date of issue: April 2006
ISBN: 8876417133
ISBN 13: 9788876417139
Language: English
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Nel 1971 diciannove cittadini di Excelsior, piccola comunità rurale del Libero Stato del Sudafrica dominato dai bianchi, furono accusati di aver violato l’Immorality Act dell’apartheid, che vietava i rapporti sessuali tra bianchi e neri. In attesa di giudizio le donne, tutte nere, furono trattenute in arresto mentre gli uomini bianchi con cui erano state sorprese vennero rilasciati dietro pagamento di cauzione.
Prendendo spunto da questo caso di cronaca, Zakes Mda narra la storia di una delle famiglie al centro dello scandalo mettendo a nudo quella di un paese nel quale l’apartheid occultava rapporti interrazziali di ogni genere.
Al centro del romanzo la storia di Niki, una delle “peccatrici” (la “Madonna” che ha posato per una serie di quadri di soggetto sacro) che trasgredisce la barriera del colore e lo rivendica come gesto di sfida. E poi le vicende del figlio nero di lei, Viliki, e di Popi, la figlia “bastarda”, che raggiungeranno l’età adulta nel Sudafrica post-apartheid, dove la libertà permette e anzi sollecita un riesame della turbolenta storia del paese alla luce dell’esperienza personale.
Ancora una volta il genio affabulatorio di Zakes Mda si esercita sulla trama della storia per inserirvi l’ordito della sua verve letteraria. Il tema del colore, centrale nel cuore del romanzo come nella storia del Sudafrica, s’impone in queste pagine con la forza di un motivo dominante.


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Ebook La Madonna di Excelsior read Online! Zakes Mda is the pen name of Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, a novelist, poet and playwright.

Although he spent his early childhood in Soweto (where he knew political figures such as Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela) he had to finish his education in Lesotho where his father went into exile since 1963. This change of setting also meant a change of language for Mda: from isiXhosa to Sesotho. Consequently Mda preferred to write his first plays in English.

His first play, We Shall Sing for the Fatherland, won the first Amstel Playwright of the Year Award in 1978, a feat he repeated the following year. He worked as a bank clerk, a teacher and in marketing before the publication of We Shall Sing for the Fatherland and Other Plays in 1980 enabled him to be admitted to the Ohio University for a three-year Master's degree in theatre. He completed a Masters Degree in Theatre at Ohio University, after which he obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication. By 1984 his plays were performed in the USSR, the USA, and Scotland as well as in various parts of southern Africa.

Mda then returned to Lesotho, first working with the Lesotho National Broadcasting Corporation Television Project and then as a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Lesotho. Between 1985 and 1992 he was director of the Theatre-For-Development Project at the university and founded the Marotholi Travelling Theatre. Together with his students he travelled to villages in remote mountain regions working with local people in creating theatre around their everyday concerns. This work of writing theatre "from the inside" was the theme of his doctoral thesis, the Ph.D degree being conferred on him by the University of Cape Town in 1989.

In the early nineties Mda spent much of his time overseas, he was writer-in-residence at the University of Durham (1991), research fellow at Yale University. He returned for one year to South Africa as Visiting Professor at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is presently Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio University.


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