Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi is one of South Africa’s most famous novels.
First published in 1930, it is the first full-length novel by a black
South African writer, and is widely read and studied in South African
schools, colleges and universities. It has been translated into a
number of different languages. Written over 30 years before Chinua
Achebe’s famous Things Fall Apart, Mhudi is a pioneering African
novel too, anticipating many of the themes with which Achebe and
other writers from the African continent were concerned.
Mhudi has had a complicated history. Critics have been divided in
their views, and there was a delay of ten years between the time
Plaatje wrote the book and when it was published. A century on
from when it was written, the time is now right to both celebrate its
composition and to assess its meanings and legacy.
In this book, a distinguished cast of contributors explore the
circumstances in which Mhudi was both written and published, what
the critics have made of it, why it remains so relevant today. Chapters
look at the eponymous feminist heroine of the novel and what she
symbolizes, the role of history and oral tradition, the contentious
question of language, the linguistic and stylistic choices that Plaatje
made. In keeping with Mhudi’s capacity to inspire, this book also
includes a poem and short story, specially written in order to pay
tribute to both the book and its author.
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