Book on top writer

2015-12-16 06:00
VETERAN WRITER: Dr K.P.D. Maphalla (left) with Prof. Nogwala Zulu.

VETERAN WRITER: Dr K.P.D. Maphalla (left) with Prof. Nogwala Zulu.

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DR K.P.D MAPHALLA, author of more than 50 Sotho books, is looking forward to the official launch of his biography, The Awesome Literary Legacy Of Dr K.P.D Maphalla, expected to be launched in Qwaqwa on Saturday, 19 December.

The highly trumpeted book is written by one of the most controversial literary critics, Pule Lechesa.

The crème de la crème of Sesotho literature, Maphalla, feels honoured to have a book written about him while he is still alive.

In a telephonic interview with Express, the grand old man expressed his glee.

“There is doubt that Lechesa knows his ropes when it comes to doing researches.

“I was taken aback the first time he came to interview me because he knew me like he knew the palm of his hand, asking leading and information seeking questions,’’ he explained.

A renowned academic-cum-outstanding Sesotho writer, Prof. Nogwala Zulu, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address and a brief review of one of Maphalla’s books.

He said: “Dr. Maphalla is without any doubt the most productive Sesotho writer since the times of Thomas Mofolo (the first Mosotho to write a book in Sesotho) and Lechesa Segoete.

“The apartheid literary period was marked by the institutionalisation of Apartheid under the rule of the South African Nationalist government.

“This book will chronicle how that period affected the writers’ writing career,” he said.

Zulu said Maphalla has so many feathers on his hat, more than any other Sesotho writer.

“To mention but a few: Of his novels, Kabelwamanong (The one to be fed to the vultures) won the second prize of the De Jager HAUM literary competition for 1986 and Botsa Lebitla (Ask the grave) shared with NP Maake’s novel, Sejamonna Ha Se Moqete (That which eats a man does not finish him) the 1992 first prize for the Maskew Miller Longman Literary competition,” Zulu said.

  • The other literary experts who will grace the occasion with their presence, are Tseliso Masolane, the assistant director and curator of the Sesotho Literary Museum, as well as Dr Mathene Mahanke, known for his intriguing Sesotho book, Tutudu Ha e Patwe, roughly translated means, You cannot keep a good man down. The venue where the event will be held had not been confirmed at the time of going to print.) Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla has received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Free State UFS), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature.

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