Niq Mhlongo’s truth is no stranger to friction


Niq Mhlongo’s truth is no stranger to friction

In his raw and unpretentious fiction, Mhlongo captures the brutality, hopes and cynicism of post-apartheid SA

Nthikeng Mohlele

There are always a handful of selected writers in new literature who effect a profound change or impose individuality on the art form. These few luminaries are often stylistic innovators, intellectual giants, or both.

There are also great writers who concern themselves with identity politics of the past and present. They include Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Saul Bellow and Bessie Head – whose fiction addresses, in part, personal relationships and themes of nationhood and the fundamentals of humanity, including freedom, justice, dignity, compassion and meaning.

These writers are also compelling essayists. To read Soyinka, Baldwin or Bellow essays is to be educated beyond the borders of pedestrian thoughts and to have new perceptions and feelings aroused...

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