The Madonna of Excelsior A Novel by Zakes Mda

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Published by Picador .

Written in English

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  • Popular English Fiction,
  • African Novel And Short Story,
  • Fiction,
  • Fiction - General,
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The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages272
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL9844154M
ISBN 100312423829
ISBN 109780312423827

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The Madonna of Excelsior is a novel that highlights the plight that once engulfed the community of Mahlatswetswa in Excelsior, Free State, where several white men were accused of having coerced sexual relations with black women from which children were born.4/5.

"The Madonna of Excelsior has the captivating symmetry of an altarpiece."--Peter Campion, San Francisco Chronicle "Graceful Sharp and unsparing Mda refuses to undermine his nation's problems with cheap by: By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the s and the present/5(12).

“Excelsior has become the best-known town in the world this week,” says a reporter in Zakes Mda’s latest novel, The Madonna of Excelsior, “the small farming community—population seven hundred—was rocked a few weeks ago when some of its prominent citizens were arrested with their black maids (nineteen of them) for contravening the Immorality Act.” The “criminal” acts mentioned here were fashioned.

THE MADONNA OF EXCELSIOR by There’s a tense account The Madonna of Excelsior book the trial of “the Excels” brought to an end when 14 black women are persuaded not to give evidence against the 5 whites they “seduced.” Mda traces the sad history of Niki’s marriage to Pule, who labors in mines far away and stores implacable resentment over her Author: Zakes Mda.

By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the s and the present.

One of these people is his main character, Niki, and her children, Viliki and Popi, and the effects that these illegal and illicit activities have upon their lives, and the lives of those around them.

Niki is the eponymous Madonna of : Zakes Mda. Originally published: Cape Town: Oxford University Press, "Innineteen citizens of Excelsior, a farming community in South Africa's rural Free States, were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sexual relations between blacks and : Gail Fincham’s book examines the five novels Mda has written since South Africa’s transition to democracy: Ways of Dying (), The Heart of Redness (), The Madonna of Excelsior (), The Whale Caller (), and Cion ().

In his novel The Madonna of Excelsior, based on an event that occurred in Excelsior in South Africa inZakes Mda begins in the middle of the plot, then returns to the past to explain how the.

In his novel, The Madonna of Excelsior published in by Picador and set in his native South Africa, Zakes Mda has achieved this mixture admirably.

Against the backdrop of political events of the pre- and post-Apartheid, he builds his narrative around the impact of one specific event and its aftermath on one small community, Excelsior. Zakes Mda explores the history of a mixed race family in small town South Africa. The Madonna of Excelsior fictionalizes the events in Excelsior, Free State, inwhen 19 citizens were charged with breaking the Immorality Act that forbade sex between white and black citizens.

Rather than the big city, the stage is the small town. The Madonna of Excelsior is a novel by South African author Zakes Mda. Made up of a series of vignettes, the novel centers on two important moments in South African history: the Excelsior miscegenation case and the extreme political tensions just before apartheid.

Mda looks at these events through the perspectives of a mixed-race family, one of whom, Niki, is one of the “Excelsior ”. “The Madonna of Excelsior has the captivating symmetry of an altarpiece.” — Peter Campion, San Francisco Chronicle “Graceful Sharp and unsparing Mda refuses to undermine his nation's problems with cheap melodrama.

The The Madonna of Excelsior Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by Author: Zakes Mda. By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the s and the present.

Preview this book» What people are saying - Write a review5/5. “The Madonna of Excelsior has the captivating symmetry of an altarpiece.” — Peter Campion, San Francisco Chronicle “Graceful Sharp and unsparing Mda refuses to undermine his nation's problems with cheap : Picador.

The Madonna of Excelsior is a novel that highlights the plight that once engulfed the community of Mahlatswetswa in Excelsior, Free State, where several white men were accused of having coerced sexual relations with black women from which children were apartheid, interracial sexual relations, consentual or not, were not only 4/5(30).

In vibrant prose infused with equal parts satire and social criticism, Mda (The Heart of Redness) charts new emotional terrain exploring the Madonna-whore comple. By turns earthy, witty, and tragic, The Madonna of Excelsior is a brilliant depiction of life in South Africa and of the dramatic changes between the s and the present.

ALA Notable Books - Winner, Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award - Finalist, Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award - NomineeCited by: THE MADONNA OF EXCELSIOR User Review - Kirkus. Resplendent images of emerging African independence, in a busy third outing from the native South African author (Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, both ).The story is based on a trial.

The publishing of his second novel, The Madonna of Excelsior: A Novel, establishes Zakes Mda as a bright new star of international literature. This novel, like his first, deals with African society?s attempts to deal with the struggle between tradition and modernity in contemporary basis of the novel is an actual event/5(5).

This novel is set in the Free State town of Excelsior from the s to the time of political liberation in the s.

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has won major South African and British literary awards for his novels and plays. He is Born: Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda. The Madonna of Excelsior (by Zakes Mda) "A generous, patient, wry and intelligent voice [that] suggests not just a writer who can seduce us through beautiful language and unfailing humor.

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