Penumbra

by Songeziwe Mahlangu

KSh 1,290

*The winner of the 2014 Etisalat prize for literature*

Mangaliso Zolo lives in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, near the university. He has an office job at a large corporate, but he does little every day bar shuffle papers and surf the ’net. Penumbra charts Manga’s daily struggles with the twin pull, from friends and acquaintances, of reckless living or charismatic Christianity. A very different Cape Town comes to life – far removed from both the gloss of tourism brochures or the familiar poverty of the Flats – and a certain dissolute South African reality is dissected with haunting precision.

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Songiziwe Mahlangu (author)

Songeziwe Mahlangu was born in Alice in 1985. He matriculated from Dale College, in King William’s Town, and went on to do a business science degree at the University of Cape Town.

He returned to university to do a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Rhodes, Grahamstown, in 2011. Penumbra is the end result of that degree and his first novel, which earned him the 204 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Songeziwe currently lives in East London and works at a large accountancy firm.

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Songeziwe Mahlangu

Songeziwe Mahlangu was born in Alice in 1985. He matriculated from Dale College, in King William’s Town, and went on to do a business science degree at the University of Cape Town. He returned to university to do a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Rhodes, Grahamstown, in 2011. Penumbra is the end result of that degree and his first novel, which earned him the 204 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Songeziwe currently lives in East London and works at a large accountancy firm.