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    DescriptionWinner of the M-Net Book Prize Shortlisted for the CNA and Noma Awards In "Ways of Dying," Zakes Mda's acclaimed first novel, Toloki is a "professional mourner" in a vast and violent city of the new South Africa. Day after day he attends funerals in the townships, dressed with dignity in a threadbare suit, cape, and battered top hat, to comfort the grieving families of the victims of the city's crime, racial hatred, and crippling poverty. At a Christmas day funeral for a young boy Toloki is reunited with Noria, a woman from his village. Together they help each other to heal the past, and as their story interweaves with those of their acquaintances this elegant short novel provides a magical and painful picture of South Africa today. "Ways of Dying "was awarded South Africa's prestigious M-Net Book Prize, awarded by the TV channel M-Net to books written in one of South Africa's official languages, and was shortlisted for the Central News Agency (CNA) Award and the Noma Award, an Africa-wide prize founded by Shoichi Noma, onetime president of Kodansha International.

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    Ways of Dying
    A Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Zakes Mda
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780312420918
    ISBN 10: 0312420919

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    Picador USA.
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Zakes Mda, novelist and playwright, has received every major South African prize for his work. Born in 1948, he has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of Vermont. He is writer-in-residence at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg. His most recent novel, "The Heart of Redness, " was nominated for the Commonwealth Prize.
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    "[A] marvelous picaresque . . . Mda's purpose comes through clearly: to show how many ways of dying there are in the transition to a new South Africa, whether through the brutality of white overseers and policemen or that of black gangsters . . . Reflecting the startling contrasts in such a world, tender humor and brutal violence vie with each other in Mda's pages, as do vibrant life and sudden death. The struggle between them creates an energetic and refreshing literature for a country still coming to terms with both the new and the old."--Tony Eprile, "The New York Times Book Review" "Mda possesses the lyricism of a storyteller . . . He draws his readers into an Africa where racial hatred and its accompanying violence are commonplace. As a result, the act of mourning is almost a constant state."--Seth Taylor, San Diego State University, " The San Diego Union-Tribune" "In two quiet, subtle and powerful novels ["Ways of Dying "and "Heart of Redness"], we are taken from the brutal, nearly unbearable horror of life during the revolution against white minority rule to the daily, nearly unbearable hopelessness of life under the cronyism, corruption and injustice of the post-apartheid government. That this universe is not just depressing but also enlightening is due to the enormous talent behind Mda's vision."--Neil Gordon, "The Washington Post Book World" "A rollicking, at times whimsical tour through the dying days of apartheid as witnessed by the Professional Mourner Toloki, who wanders from township funeral to township funeral with the hapless wonder of a Chaplinesque loner."--Anderson Tepper, "The Village Voice" "Ultimately, this emotionally rich novel dares to seek redemption amid desolation. In these devastated lives, Mda finds grace, tenderness, even the kind of world-weary humor that is born of hardship."--Rene E. Graham, "The Boston Globe" "A strange and terrifying account of the realities of the new South Africa told with iro