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The Sculptors of Mapungubwe ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ The Sculptors of Mapungubwe Author Zakes Mda – Thomashillier.co.uk In the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe, the royal sculptor had two sons, Chata and Rendani As they grew, so grew their rivalry and their extraordinary talents But while Rendani became a master carver o In the timeless kingdom of Mapungubwe, the royal sculptor had two sons, Chata and Rendani As they grew, so grew their rivalry and their extraordinary The Sculptors PDF/EPUB ² talents But while Rendani became a master carver of the animals that run in the wild hills and lush valleys of the land, Chata learned 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 Mda s newest novel will only strengthen his international reputation as one of the most trenchant voices of South Africa.


About the Author: Zakes Mda

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 The Sculptors PDF/EPUB ² 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 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 , 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 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 his plays were performed in the USSR, the USA, and Scotland as well as in various parts of southern AfricaMda 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 and 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 PhD degree being conferred on him by the University of Cape Town in In the early nineties Mda spent much of his time overseas, he was writer in residence at the University of Durham , 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.



10 thoughts on “The Sculptors of Mapungubwe

  1. Nonhlanhla Mbotini Nonhlanhla Mbotini says:

    Reading sculptors of Mapungubwe made me think of a poem I once read Foreign by Carol Ann Duffy The poem actually sums the book up for me It touches on the themes of Xenophobia and Immigration Chata left for Swahili to fulfill his wanderlust he had to learn to adapt, learn their teaching, ways of life and religion Which is what the poem also touches on Even when he was captured there in Swahili, it was solely because he was a Zanj, a foreigner Chata stayed in Mapungubwe all his life, yet Reading sculptors of Mapungubwe made me think of a poem I once read Foreign by Carol Ann Duffy The poem actually sums the book up for me It touches on the themes of Xenophobia and Immigration Chata left for Swahili to fulfill his wanderlust he had to learn to adapt, learn their teaching, ways of life and religion Which is what the poem also touches on Even when he was captured there in Swahili, it was solely because he was a Zanj, a foreigner Chata stayed in Mapungubwe all his life, yet every wrong he was ever accused of was not judged fairly but by the fact that he was a son of a Zhun Twasi, a child of a Phuli Slave He was never fully regarded as one of them Same as Marubini once they turned away from her because of the betrothal she was judged by the fact that she was foreign Might be capable of witchcraft.Couldn t help comparing both the book and poem as I felt they mention the same thing That, No matter how long you have stayed in a place, you are never fully accepted You will always be judged by that one fact The place is always a strange dark place for you Whether you have been there all your life Its a universal thing, does not just happen in Mapungubwe, happened on Swahili as well Even evident in our own country


  2. Rina Coetzee Gous Rina Coetzee Gous says:

    Imagine being able to look into the past and live in the thriving gold rich city of Mapungubwe I have always been fascinated by the history of South Africa before the recorded part we know so well By the little gold rhino and the other artifacts By the links to the Eastern African kingdoms and talk of trade with the East In this book Mda draws a beautiful and detailed picture of the city state with the story of two brothers rivals in every way , the two lead sculptors of Mapungubwe It i Imagine being able to look into the past and live in the thriving gold rich city of Mapungubwe I have always been fascinated by the history of South Africa before the recorded part we know so well By the little gold rhino and the other artifacts By the links to the Eastern African kingdoms and talk of trade with the East In this book Mda draws a beautiful and detailed picture of the city state with the story of two brothers rivals in every way , the two lead sculptors of Mapungubwe It is the age old story of jealousy and betrayal, of love for a woman and power over many He imagines the city and describes it so well that it forms a complete picture in your head prompting me to read about it and what is knows to us today.Well researched but also colourfully imagined this is a n intriguing and captivating read I thoroughly enjoyed it


  3. Elite Group Elite Group says:

    Zakes Mda is a magnificent storyteller, steeped in the oral traditions of Africa Mapungubwe is a mythical African kingdom, where the ways of old still hold fast The royal sculptor there has two sons, Rendani and Chata Sibling rivalry increases as the boys grow up Both of them spend their childhood at their father s knee, learning the skills of sculpting They begin to produce works of art from a very young age To his delight, the sculptor s sons soon grow into talented artists Rendani prod Zakes Mda is a magnificent storyteller, steeped in the oral traditions of Africa Mapungubwe is a mythical African kingdom, where the ways of old still hold fast The royal sculptor there has two sons, Rendani and Chata Sibling rivalry increases as the boys grow up Both of them spend their childhood at their father s knee, learning the skills of sculpting They begin to produce works of art from a very young age To his delight, the sculptor s sons soon grow into talented artists Rendani produces perfect reconstructions of the animals he sees in the lush hills and valleys surrounding them Chata creates creatures of his imagination, which impress their father immensely and stir the beginnings of jealousy in his brother Mda s characterisation is masterful and he weaves a rich tapestry of love, family and mystery around the brothers Rendani continues to compete with Chata in every aspect of their lives from art to status in the community and eventually even to their choice of wives Chata dances to a different drum one which his brother can never quite make sense of As the story unfolds, we begin to understand why In this mythical yet contemporary tale, Mda lulls us into thinking that this is a simple story set in rural Africa It is not at all The Sculptors of Mapungubwe is a universal story, which explores love, family ties, the desire to control and contain others and the complicated results of extreme jealousy At the same time, it is a reminder of Africa s rich culture and traditions and how important it is for us not to dismiss them The desire to forge art from nature is ever present in this exquisite tale and it is the thread which pulls all the themes together I could imagine sitting around a campfire long into the night listening to this story, preferably told by the author himself Now that I have savoured Zakes Mda s iconic voice, I am hungry for everything he has ever written GigiBreakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review


  4. Sibonguthando Sibonguthando says:

    A beautifully written novel telling the tale of Chatambudza, a gifted sculptor.The novel takes us through Chata s life, from a young boy who created amazing and monstrous creatures from his own imagination, to a young man, escaping traveling the world and escaping slavers, to an older man making a sculptor so wondrous that people create a religion from it.This story also shows the length jealousy might push one This is seen with how Chata s brother reacts to seeing the success of his younger br A beautifully written novel telling the tale of Chatambudza, a gifted sculptor.The novel takes us through Chata s life, from a young boy who created amazing and monstrous creatures from his own imagination, to a young man, escaping traveling the world and escaping slavers, to an older man making a sculptor so wondrous that people create a religion from it.This story also shows the length jealousy might push one This is seen with how Chata s brother reacts to seeing the success of his younger brother Rendani will do anything, including trying to steal the one woman Chatambudza is in love with, to dishearten his brother and make him seem less of a man Rendani even goes so far as trying to make Chata seem dishonorable in the eyes of the king The man doesn t succeed though, and Chata gets his happy ending with the woman he loves A beautiful tale worth reading


  5. Wangũi Wangũi says:

    I recently finished reading The Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda and I loved it so much when I first started reading it, I had to stop because I didn t want it to end That notwithstanding when I did pick it up again I finished it in a couple of hours I blame the font, it was large.It is set in the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in the 13th century CE except in Mapungubwe the people didn t count time in that way so Mda shifts gear for you as you begin the novel setting the stage for the res I recently finished reading The Sculptors of Mapungubwe by Zakes Mda and I loved it so much when I first started reading it, I had to stop because I didn t want it to end That notwithstanding when I did pick it up again I finished it in a couple of hours I blame the font, it was large.It is set in the Kingdom of Mapungubwe in the 13th century CE except in Mapungubwe the people didn t count time in that way so Mda shifts gear for you as you begin the novel setting the stage for the rest of the book Do I recommend it If you like historical fiction, reimagining African history, adjust your lenses fiction, then yes Here s what I thought of it written as a letter to Zakes


  6. Hannah Hannah says:

    I am actually surprised I enjoyed this book Some spots were slow, but the tone Mda uses makes me feel like my grandpa is telling me a story I loved the messages in this story, and actually can t wait to present on it for my Topics in World Literature class.


  7. Ntsapi Ntsapi says:

    Mbisili Anything that the rulers did not like was mbisili if it did not satisfy thier aesthetic tastes it was mbisili In the age of South African artist and other artist around the world dancing to the music of the ruling, I think of other artists that maintain the authenticity of their art and refuse to give in to societal pressure, to talk truth to power, or just to create out of their influences and not create around the rulers interests, Chata was is one of those.Quotes It s true Mbisili Anything that the rulers did not like was mbisili if it did not satisfy thier aesthetic tastes it was mbisili In the age of South African artist and other artist around the world dancing to the music of the ruling, I think of other artists that maintain the authenticity of their art and refuse to give in to societal pressure, to talk truth to power, or just to create out of their influences and not create around the rulers interests, Chata was is one of those.Quotes It s true that nothing imprisons like a throne or a pedestal of any kind once you ve been placed on a pedestal you can wave goodbye to freedom Perhaps as he created it, it created him as well, making him into a much softer person, a gentler and compassionate human being Yes, that must be it Art creates you as you create it Zakes re greats our world before colonization and western influences, while addressing very important issues in society


  8. Lu (Sugar & Snark) Lu (Sugar & Snark) says:

    This tale takes place over several years and follows Chata, a sculptor that doesn t quite fit in He creates amazing creatures that are only in his imagination and has a way to step on people s toes without meaning to To be fair, some people need their toes stepped on Most of the book takes place at Mapungubwe an Iron Age archaeological site dating around AD 1220 to AD 1300, situated at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers Southern Africa I was lucky enough to go with my honors This tale takes place over several years and follows Chata, a sculptor that doesn t quite fit in He creates amazing creatures that are only in his imagination and has a way to step on people s toes without meaning to To be fair, some people need their toes stepped on Most of the book takes place at Mapungubwe an Iron Age archaeological site dating around AD 1220 to AD 1300, situated at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers Southern Africa I was lucky enough to go with my honors Archaeology group to Mapungubwe a couple of years ago, as well as lucky enough to study this fascinating time period All of that said, I think this book was extremely accurate and I was impressed by not only the writing, but the clever narrative The story was inspirational and the pages turned themselves It was fascinating and delighted the mind.If you are looking for a historical fiction that takes place in Africa, has accurate archaeological facts and is unlike anything you have every read before then I suggest you take a look at this novel This got a 9 10 from me


  9. Nhlanhla Dube Nhlanhla Dube says:

    A really nice book to read on a quiet weekend But there are no great excitements in the action This is rather a slow and easy narrative Tranquil, gentle easy writing from bra Zakes It s nice to have one s mythical past resurrected like this One brother is an artist who creates fantasy and dreams The other is one who reflects reality and real life around him Is this Zakes telling us about his own two pronged approach Is he questioning his own methods Does he swing to the real or the arti A really nice book to read on a quiet weekend But there are no great excitements in the action This is rather a slow and easy narrative Tranquil, gentle easy writing from bra Zakes It s nice to have one s mythical past resurrected like this One brother is an artist who creates fantasy and dreams The other is one who reflects reality and real life around him Is this Zakes telling us about his own two pronged approach Is he questioning his own methods Does he swing to the real or the artistic Is he asking himself whether he is too detached from the awful realities of life in Southern Africa, and suggesting that the author needs to be politically engaged, while another part of him is resisting this and wanting to engage in art itself for its own sake Whatever the answer, Zakes writes simply and lucidly and demands to be taken seriously I liked this a whole lot


  10. Joan Campbell Joan Campbell says:

    Written in that beautifully poetic yet simple African voice, I really enjoyed this, my first Zakes Mda book The setting and period were authentic and characters well developed I loved some of the very modern themes that crept into the book issues around creativity, abuse of power and even poaching.


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