Mda, Zakes

About Zakes Mda


McClelland, Mike. "Review of Rachel’s Blue." Spectrum Culture, 2 Aug. 2016

Garner, Dwight. "Review of Sometimes There Is a Void." The New York Times, 5 Jan. 2012



Samanga, Rufaro. "Zakes Mda on No Story Being too Taboo or Sacred to Tell." Okay Africa, 21 Jan. 2019

Naidoo, Venu. "Interview with Zakes Mda." Alternation, vol. 4, no. 1, 1997



Ojaruega, Enajite E. "Outgoing and Incoming Africans: Migration and Reverse Migration in Contemporary African Narratives." Matatu, no. 45, 2014

Briault Manus, Vicki. "The Season of Whispers Is Over: Now the Stories Can Be Safely Told." Healing South African Wounds/ Guérir les blessures de l'Afrique du Sud, Teulié and Joseph-Vilain (eds.), 2009

Breytenbach, Breyten, et al. "Africa and the World." PEN America, 2007

Kauer, Ute. "Nation and Gender: Female Identity in Contemporary South African Writing." Current Writing, vol. 15, no. 2, 2003



Autobiography/Life Writing

Sometimes There Is a Void (2011)



The Zulus of New York (2019)

Little Suns (2015)

Rachel's Blue (2014)

The Sculptors of Mapungubwe (2013)

Black Diamond (2009)

Cion (2007)

The Whale Caller (2005)

The Madonna of Excelsior (2002)

The Heart of Redness (2000)

She Plays with the Darkness (1995)

Ways of Dying (1995)


Children's and Young Adults Books

Melville 67 (1998)


Poetry Collections

Bits of Debris (1986)



Our Lady of Benoni (2012)

Fools, Bells and the Importance of Eating (2012)

The Nun's Romantic Story (1991)

The Plays of Zakes Mda (1990)

Joys of War (1989)

And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses (1988)

Banned (1982)

The Hill (1980)

Dark Voices Ring (1979)

Dead End (1979)

We Shall Sing for the Fatherland (1979)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Justify the Enemy (2018)

When People Play People (1993)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Zakes Mda Discusses His Novel The Zulus of New York. YouTube, 13 Mar. 2019

Zakes Mda on His Book Justify the Enemy. YouTube, 9 Dec. 2017

Zkas Mda on His Work. YouTube, 26 May 2016

Zakes Mda on His Childhood in Lesotho. YouTube, 18 Oct. 2014

Zakes Mda Talks about His Book The Sculptors of Mapungubwe. YouTube, 31 Oct. 2013

Zakes Mda Reads from Sometimes There Is A Void. YouTube, 12 Jul. 2013