ISBN 9780797435902
ePub ISBN 9780797444119
Pages 88
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2008
Publisher amabooks Publishers, Zimbabwe
Formats Paperback, eBook

Dancing with Life

Tales from the Township

by Christopher Mlalazi

Dancing with Life is a collection of short stories by Christopher Mlalazi which received an Honourable Mention in the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa 2009 and was awarded a NAMA Award in the same year. This is his first collection.

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Reviews

"Christopher Mlalazi may well be the most promising young writer in Zimbabwe today. His fiction captures the edgy energy of townships where young people have learned to be light on their feet, their dancing born of economic necessity and mocking disrespect for traditional authority. Mlalazi depicts contemporary life in Zimbabwe with an uncompromising determination to explore grievous social wounds and with a creative panache that will win him readers within and beyond his home country."

Patricia Alden, Professor of African Literature, St Lawrence University

"Christopher Mlalazi is the rising voice of the ghetto, with all its violence, sharp anger, bitter protestations and tangible promise of a better tomorrow."

Raisedon Baya, Writer and Columist

"This collection sparkles with wit, sizzles with style and dances with life. It is a welcome addition to Zimbabwe's growing canon and will be read and enjoyed for years to come."

Petina Gappah, Writer and Critic

"...Mlalazi has extended himself further than many of his contemporaries, and observed his world sharply. One looks forward to more writing from this new talent."

wordsetc, South Africa

"Dancing With Life engages the mind, ruffles it, and uses the language of today’s Zimbabwe, township life booming with crime, prostitution, joy, misery, and naked political falsehoods." 

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The Zimbabwean

"Mlalazi is an important author whose work should be found in all serious collections of contemporary African literature. In addition, here is a title to be added to collections designed to inform readers of contemporary life in Africa through fiction writing."

The Zimbabwean

"Mlalazi’s collection of short stories is an important addition to the new writing from Zimbabwe concentrating on the social disintegration of the country. The stories stand out by being set in Bulawayo, drawing on the distinctive identity of a provincial city, its Ndebele culture, and its marginal relation to the Shona centre. The success of the stories lies in the experiences of ordinary people coping with violence, anger and angst, rather than any self-conscious sense of form."

Noma Award Jury Citation

"The stories found in Dancing with Life are easily read, entertaining and often filled with both sadness and humour... Mlalazi is an important author whose work should be found in all serious  literature. In addition, here is a title to be added to collections designed to inform readers of contemporary life in Africa through fiction writing."

The African Book Publishing Record
About the Author

Christopher Mlalazi

CHRISTOPHER MLALAZI is currently Guest Writer of the City of Hanover in Germany, the most recent of a series of writing fellowships. In 2012, he was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program, USA; in 2011, he was Guest Writer at the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden; and, in 2010, Guest Writer at Villa Aurora, in Los Angeles, USA. Prolific as a prose writer and playwright, in 2008 he was the co-winner of the Oxfam Novib PEN Freedom of Expression Award at the Hague for theatre. He won NAMA awards for his short story collection, Dancing With Life: Tales From The Township and for his play Election Day. His second novel, Running with Mother, has been translated into German and Italian.

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