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A.C. Jordan

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This book, originally published as Ingqumbo Yeminyanya, is regarded as one of the greatest novels ever written in Xhosa. Indeed, the Xhosa version was chosen as one of the 100 great African books of the twentieth century. The English translation has not, however, had the recognition or the circulation it deserves.

It is the story of Jongilanga, a young, modern man who goes to the University College of Fort Hare and who, unknown to even himself, is the heir to the Mpondomise throne. Identified by a tribal elder, he leaves Fort Hare, before he has completed his studies to challenge a corrupt uncle who thought he would become the new king. Jongilanga becomes King of the Mpondomise but his progressive ideas prove to be too far ahead for most of his people, enabling his uncle to lead a revolt against him. Jongilanga's life ends tragically and prematurely but, eventually, his uncle also has to flee.

Jordan does not pass judgement, but through the lives of ordinary and ambitious people he contrasts Christian converts with those holding traditional beliefs, school people with 'red ochre' people, boarding school activities with the assembly at the royal palace. One of the central themes of the novel is cultural conflict between the more western way of life and African customs and traditions. He does, however, suggest that disaster is inevitable if there is confrontation between the modernisers and the traditionalists, unless if there is compromise.

A C Jordan died in exile in 1968.

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Imprint: Ad Donker Publishers
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: March 2004
Authors: A.C. Jordan
Dimensions: 219 x 150 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 285
ISBN-13: 978-0-86852-228-9
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
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LSN: 0-86852-228-7
Barcode: 9780868522289

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