‘Native Life in the Third Millennium’: A limited edition Masande Ntshanga short story collection

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Native Life in the Third Millennium by Masande Ntshanga sees a poet, philosopher and programmer wrestle with systemic oppressions. (Model See)
Native Life in the Third Millennium by Masande Ntshanga sees a poet, philosopher and programmer wrestle with systemic oppressions. (Model See)
  • Masande Ntshanga is the novelist and fiction editor behind Masande Ntshanga is a novelist and fiction editor.
  • In 2020 the writer has established a public sphere intervention and a pop-up publishing house for experimental literature, art and code.
  • As a part of its establishment, Model See Media announced the publication of the author’s debut poetry and short story collection. 


Masande Ntshanga is a novelist and fiction editor. For writing short story Space (2013) as well as novels The Reactive (2014) and Triangulum (2019) Ntshanga has been shortlisted for and received a number of awards. In 2013 Ntshanga was the recipient of the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award. In 2018 he was awarded the Betty Trask Award: a National Research Foundation scholarship. He has also made shortlists for the Caine Prize, the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, as well as the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel. 

In 2020 the novelist established Model See Media: a public sphere intervention and a pop-up publishing house for experimental literature, art and code. As a part of its establishment, 

Model See Media announced the publication of the author’s debut poetry and short story collection. 

Titled Native Life in the Third Millennium, the collection sees a poet, philosopher and programmer wrestle with systemic oppressions. All the while they navigate anomie, alienation and flashes of abundance in millennial Africa. In intertwining poetry and prose, the lockdown-written chapbook is what international literary & film agency Pontas Agency has referred to as “another genre-bending, inventive and pulsive literary work by one of Africa’s most exciting young voices.”

Native Life in the Third Millennium will be available from independent bookstores nationwide and online, starting 20 December 2020. The collection costs R100 and only 100 copies will be made available. Proceeds for the limited edition, numbered and signed copies will go toward organisations advocating for racial justice and the conservation of the earth. 

For more information visit modelsee.co.za

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