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Nwelezelanga: The Star Child – The debut novel from poet and sangoma Unathi Magubeni

Nwelezelanga: The Star Child: The debut novel from writer, sangoma and trainee herbalist Unathi Magubeni

NwelezelangaJacana Media is proud to present Nwelezelanga: The Star Child, the debut novel from Unathi Magubeni, writer, sangoma and trainee herbalist:

With a rich vocabulary that is poetic and uncluttered, this debut novel is nothing short of a masterpiece. It is both a well-written and philosophical book. The story begins with Nokwakha giving birth at her village home, and when it is discovered that the child is an albino the midwife convinces her that it is a curse and she should snuff the life out of it before it takes another breath. The dreadful deed is done by the river, but the “all-knowing one” has other plans …

With an assured voice and eloquent prose, Magubeni invites us into the life of this extraordinary being, Nwelezelanga, the child who should not have been, contrasting the themes of darkness and light, embracing the unknown and unseen in a way no one else has – or can.

Magubeni handles the sacred subject in a way that neither slants nor meddles. For this reason, when African traditionalists learn of Magubeni’s book they will be nervously curious but will discover that they needn’t have been. It will be a rare gift for the scholars, and we ordinary readers will not remember our lives before Magubeni happened.

- Thando Mgqolozana, author of A Man Who is Not a Man, Unimportance and Hear Me Alone

About the author

Unathi Magubeni, 35, is a writer, a sangoma and a trainee herbalist. He left the corporate world in December 2009 after successfully starting a company in telecommunication with two friends. He currently lives in the Eastern Cape. His first book, Food For Thought, a collection of poetry, was published in 2003.

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