ISBN 9781920590161
ePub ISBN 9781920590697
Pages 170
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2013
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

Running and Other Stories

by Makhosazana Xaba

Running and other Stories won the Nadine Gordimer SALA Short story Award in 2014.

Turning her back on what is considered conventional, Makhosazana Xaba engages with her subject-matter on a revolutionary level in Running and Other Stories. She takes tradition - be that literary tradition, cultural tradition, gender tradition - and re-imagines it in a way that is liberating and innovative. Bracketed by Xaba's revisitings of Can Themba's influential short story, The Suit, the ten stories in this collection, while strongly independent, are in conversation with one another, resulting in a collection that can be devoured all at once or savoured slowly, story by story. By re-envisioning the ordinary and accepted, Xaba is creating a space in which women's voices are given a rebirth.

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“Writing in a language that is clear and lucid, in a style that is flowing and smooth while exploring difficult, diverse experiences and occurrences that many writers would rather keep silent about, Makhosazana Xaba has achieved a rare feat. She should, once again, be applauded for her immense artistic contribution to South African literature and adding to the growing number of writers who make readers think about the socio-political conditions in our country.”

VM Sisi Maqagi, English Studies, NMMU

About the Author

Makhosazana Xaba

MAKHOSAZANA XABA is the author of two poetry collections: these hands (2005) and, Tongues of their Mothers (2008). Her poetry has been anthologized widely, translated into Italian, Mandarin and Turkish and also available from the Cambridge Poetry Archive. She is the editor of, Like the untouchable wind: An anthology of poems (2016). Her collection of collection of fiction, Running & other stories (2013), won the SALA Nadine Gordimer Short Story Award in 2014. Her short story "Running" won the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Creative Writing in 2005 and was anthologised in, 20 Best Short Stories of South Africa's Democracy, in 2014. She has co-edited three anthologies; Proudly Malawian: Life Stories from lesbian and gender-nonconforming individuals (2016) and Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction (2013) which won the 26th Lambda Literary Award for the fiction anthology category in 2014 and was translated in Spanish in the same year. In 2017, Queer Africa 2: New Fiction is coming out. Xaba holds an MA in Writing (with distinction) from The University of the Witwatersrand. 

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