Sindiwe Magona, one of South Africa’s most prolific writers, will once again launch her new novel: Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle on Sunday 13 December at Guga S’thebe in Langa from 3pm.
In October, the novel was successfully launched in Johannesburg and at the Book Lounge in Cape Town. Now a local launch is more than fitting to encourage reading in every household.
Copies of the novel will be on sale and Sindiwe Magona will be in attendance and will sign copies of the book.
This new novel is published by Seriti sa Sechaba Publishers NPC, a non -profit publisher whose aim is to focus on publishing fiction and non-fiction by known and first time Black writers.
Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattles is the story of Shumikazi, the only surviving child of Jojo and Miseka. She grows up in a small village in a remote Eastern Cape village during the days of White rule, leading, from the outside, an apparently unremarkable life. Yet Shumi is marked for extraordinary things from the moment of her birth.
Wry, tragic, funny, scathing, with a Greek chorus of villagers’ voices, this rich new novel from one of South Africa’s most beloved storytellers underscores the dignity of those often rendered invisible – poor, rural women, their families and communities.
These marginal characters crackle with life and verve as they step into the centre of the national narrative in Magona’s skilled hands. A powerful meditation on the vulnerability of rural women, it is also a series of overlapping love stories – above all, the love a father has for his daughter.
Helen Moffett says: “Chasing the Tails of My Father’s Cattle is not like anything else I have seen.
A little story about little, invisible people. Such a huge story, about such timeless, recognisable people. It has the feel of a Greek tragedy, complete with clucking chorus, but with more optimism.
And what an extraordinary tale of the vast majority of women’s lives in this country. What a powerful, non-preachy meditation on the vulnerability of rural women in traditional cultures,”
Sindiwe Magona was born in the former Transkei. Because of circumstances at home, she had to leave school early and seek work as a domestic worker. But because of her resolve to live a meaningful life, Magona finished her high school education through correspondence. She later completed a BA through the University of South Africa and went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York.
She has worked for the United Nations for 22 years in New York before retiring to her native South Africa. Magona is a poet, biographer, novelist and writer of children’s books. She has received numerous awards, including the Order of Ikhamanga in 2011.
Her other books include Living, Lying Awake at Night. Mother to Mother. Push-Push and Other Stories. Life is a Hard But Beautiful Thing. Beauty’s Gift and Please, Take Photographs. To My Children's Children and Forced to Grow, among others.