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A Man Who is Not a Man
A Man Who is Not a Man

A Man Who is Not a Man

FICTION

188 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $28.00 (US $28.00)

Publication Date: May 2009

ISBN 9781869141769

Rights: US & CA

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press (May 2009)
University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press

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Overview

In South Africa, the controversial topic of botched traditional circumcisions has been very much in the news of late. A Man Who Is Not A Man recounts the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after a rite-of-passage circumcision has gone wrong. With frankness and courage, author Thando Mgqolozana's powerful novel details the pain and lifelong shame that is experienced as a result of not just the physical trauma, but the social ostracism of being labeled 'a failed man.' He decodes the values and mysteries of this deep-seated cultural tradition and calls to account the elders for the disintegrating support systems that allow such tragic outcomes to happen. But it is also through this life-changing experience that his protagonist is forced to find his strength and humanity, and reassess what it really means to be a man.