REVIEW | The Lost Language of the Soul by Mandla Langa is no straightforward adventure

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Mandla Langa's new novel displays his trademark lyricism and powerful storytelling. (Supplied)
Mandla Langa's new novel displays his trademark lyricism and powerful storytelling. (Supplied)

This novel originated as part of a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand, with no less than Ivan Vladislavic as supervisor. What a relief, then, that this substantial novel – coming in close to 400 pages, filled to the brim with convincing, larger-than-life characters, an entirely engaging, often enthralling plot, and none of the opacity and stiltedness that characterised the often-impenetrable meanderings of 2014's The Texture of Shadows – stakes a claim as one of Langa's very best.  

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