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Ways of Dying: A Novel
by Zakes Mda

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    Format: Paperback
    Classification: Fiction
    Page Count: 224
    ISBN13: 9780312420918
    Imprint: Picador
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck

    Book Description:
    Winner 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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