Book launch: Zakes Mda’s The Zulus of New York
11 Feb 2019
Date: 9 March 2019
Where: Exclusive Books, Cavendish Square
Time: 10:00 for 10:30
We’re excited to announce that PEN SA President Nadia Davids will be in conversation with PEN SA professional member, Zakes Mda during the launch of his new book, The Zulus of New York.
In this novel, Mda tells the story of a group of Zulus who were sent to England and later the United States in the 1880s by William Leonard Hunt, also known as The Great Farini, to perform as ‘human curiosities’ or ‘freak shows’ in his popular circus.
The story is based on historical events that took place at the height of Zulu fascination after they defeated the British at the Battle of Isandlwana.
The identities of these Zulus have been lost in the annals of time and Mda aims to restore their humanity through the telling of their story. He moves between historical reality and fiction to do this.
The book is being published by Penguin Randomhouse.