Our Author of the Week section is where we showcase new and upcoming African writers. This week we feature Nelson Makhubane Tshabalala, a South African author who is determined to make his mark on the world , starting with his first book published earlier this year.
I am a self-published author, based in South Africa. My debut novel Smoke Of Forgiveness: “The Songbirds’ Revenge” was published and launched in April 2012.
So far, the book is doing very well. The book was nominated by the German Goethe Institut (based in Johannesburg) as one of the ‘Young New Voices Of South Africa. It will be discussed during their reading function scheduled for October 23, 2012.
When I knew I Wanted to Write…
At a young age whilst I was still doing my high school studies, I edited and wrote articles for our newsletter and I produced a number of political articles.
Smoke Of Forgiveness: “The Songbirds’ Revenge” is set against the flow of history from apartheid South Africa to the current day. It attempts to touch on every aspect of moral choice where the nation still stands divided today in its thinking. It lays bare the anguish evoked by atrocities committed against farm-workers where beatings and rape were used as punishment, and callous disregard for human life by institutions, like when a father dies in a mining disaster. It sweeps across so many painful human experiences – love across the “colour-line”; raw racism; suicide; double standards; unfaithfulness in relationships; a response to homosexuality; poverty and homelessness.
But the smoke of forgiveness also speaks to the hope of reconciliation and the ability of perpetrators to see the error of their ways and change. It is a sincere attempt to set the stage for a South Africa emerging from the baggage of the past, and the main character addresses issues that will bring about real change in the future.
Where Readers Can Find My Book…
The book is currently available on Amazon.com, www.onthedot.co.za, www.kalahari.co.za, www.mybooks.co.za ,and www.exclusivebooks.co.za.
What I Do in My Spare Time…
Time is very limited and there is an old saying that ‘time is money’, I always find time in between to spend valuable time with my family and pets.
My Favorite Authors…
None other than Mr Nana Banchie Darkwah, Ghana
My Favorite Books by African Authors….
Literature is logically defined in many ways. However, here in Africa, literature can also imply an artistic use of words for the sake of art alone. Traditionally, Africans do not radically separate art from teaching rather than writing or singing for beauty in itself. There is a multiple number of African writers whom I am indebted to salute and honour their talents on writing skills, taking their cue from oral literature, use beauty to help communicate important truths and information and those writers include Mirriam Tladi (South Africa), Nana Banchie Darkwah (Ghana), Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa), and Chinua Achebe (Nigeria).
What Makes Me Proud….
Yes, actions speak louder than words, and I would like to think that mine in general is enormously being a gifted writer and mark my words – the world will soon know about me.