In recent times the South African writer, Zakes Mda has emerged as one of the all-time greats of African literature. His diamond-studded novels in particular continue to garner wide-ranging praise and critical nous. His works serve to inspire young and younger African writers, including published poet, Matshidiso Taleng, (above). Matshidiso often vouchsafes that "no words can express how much I admire Mda's works, and the whole world continually learns from his books".
Major novels of Zakes Mda:
(1995) Ways of Dying
(1995) She Plays with the Darkness
(2000) The Heart of Redness
(2002) The Madonna of Excelsior
(2005) The Whale Caller
(2009) Black Diamond
(2013) The Sculptors of Mapungubwe
(2014) "Rachel's Blue"