A Man Who Is Not a Man
Author: Thando Mgqolonza
A Man Who Is Not A Man recounts the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after a rite-of-passage circumcision has gone wrong.
With frankness and courage, author Thando Mgqolozana’s powerful novel details the pain and lifelong shame that is experienced as a result of not just the physical trauma, but the social ostracism of being labeled ‘a failed man.’
He decodes the values and mysteries of this deep-seated cultural tradition and calls to account the elders for the disintegrating support systems that allow such tragic outcomes to happen. But it is also through this life-changing experience that his protagonist is forced to find his strength and humanity, and reassess what it really means to be a man.
ENGLISH (South Africa) | Abantu Publishing
ENGLISH (World exc. SA) | Cassava Republic Press
«Highly original.» Nadine Gordimer
«His straightforward no-frills prose tells an effective story of a botched circumcision and its consequences.» Zakes Mda, Sunday Independent
«A brave book, triumphant and a testament to the indefatigable will to live.» Percy Zvomuya, Mail & Guardian
«Talk about lifting the veil.» Maureen Isaacson, Sunday Independent