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EXCERPT | Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi: A century of Black History, Criticism, Celebration and Land Struggles

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Sol Plaatje was a pioneering politician, intellectual, journalist, linguist, writer and translator. (Flowcomm/Flickr)
Sol Plaatje was a pioneering politician, intellectual, journalist, linguist, writer and translator. (Flowcomm/Flickr)

Sol Plaatje’s Mhudi is the first full-length novel by a black South African writer, with this comes a complicated history. A century on from when it was written, the time is now right to both celebrate its composition and to assess its meanings and legacy. Here, distinguished contributors explore the circumstances in which Mhudi was written and published, what the critics have made of it, why it remains so relevant today.

Below is an excerpt from the chapter titled When the bones call By Sabata-mpho Mokae

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