Thando Mgqolozana (born August 27, 1983, Cape Town) is a South African novelist. His novels include Hear Me Alone (2011), and Unimportance (2014). He was selected as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans (2016) and a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2006). Hias is the co-writer of Inxeba (The Wound) (2017), an Oscar-shortlisted, record breaking film, inspired by A Man Who Is Not A Man. He is the founder of Abantu Book Festival, a hallmark annual literary event staged in Soweto.
A Man Who Is Not A Man
A Man Who Is Not A Man recounts the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after a rite-of-passage circumcision goes wrong. With frankness and courage, this powerful novel details the pain and lifelong shame this protagonist experiences as a result not only of the physical trauma, but the social ostracism from being labeled ‘a failed man.’ He decodes the mysteries of this long-standing cultural tradition and calls to account the elders for the disintegrating support systems that allow such tragic outcomes. But it is also through this life-changing experience that the protagonist is forced to find his strength and humanity and reassess what it really means to be a man.
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