Michael K - Nthikeng Mohlele (Paperback)

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Product Details

Barcode
9781770104792
Department
Books
Released
28 Feb 2018
Content Source
South African
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Nthikeng Mohlele
Binding
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Pan Macmillan South Africa
Language
English
Number of Pages
144
Dimensions
234 x 156mm (213g)

Summary

How is it that a character from literary fiction can so alter the landscapes he touches, even as he - in his self-imposed isolation - seeks to avoid them? How is it that Michael K, bewildered and bewildering, can remain so fragile yet so present, so imposing without attempting to be so? In this response to JM Coetzee's classic masterpiece, Life & Times of Michael K, Nthikeng Mohlele dabbles in the artistic and speculative in a unique attempt to unpack the dazed and disconnected world of the title character, his solitary ways, his inventiveness, but also to show how astutely Michael K holds up a mirror to those whose paths he inadvertently crosses. Michael K explores the weight of history and of conscience, thus wrestling the character from the confines of literary creation to the frontiers of artistic timelessness and contemporary South Africa.

Classification

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / General
BIC Classification 1
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Author Bio

Nthikeng Mohlele was partly raised in Limpopo and Tembisa Township, and attended the University of the Witwatersrand, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art, Publishing Studies and African Literature. He is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: The Scent of Bliss (2008), Small Things (2013), Rusty Bell (2014) and Pleasure (2016). Pleasure won the 2016 University of Johannesburg Main Prize for South African Writing in English as well as the 2017 K. Sello Duiker Memorial Prize at the South African Literary Awards. It has also been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Michael K is Mohlele's fifth novel.

Review Quotes

'A work of reflective intensity, re-imagining a memorable character from JM Coetzee's world of stark and sparse prose and transplanting him in Mohlele's ornate and lyrical one.' - ZAKES MDA

'Mohlele writes his story beautifully with a tactile sensuality. He arranges words, sentences and paragraphs like a gifted composer.' - SUNDAY TIMES