Mhudi

Author:

Sol Plaatje

Title:

Mhudi

Publisher:

Nataka Books Reviews: 

Mhudi


Mhudi, the first full-length novel in English by a black South African, was written in the late 1910s. A romantic epic set in the first half of the nineteenth century, the main action is unleashed by King Mzilikazi's extermination campaign against the Barolong in 1832 at Kunana (nowadays Setlagole), and covers the resultant alliance of defeated peoples with Boer frontiersmen in a resistance movement leading to Battlehill (Vegkop, 1836) and the showdown at the Battle of Mosega (17 January 1839). Plaatje's eponymous heroine is an enduring symbol of the belief in a new day.

Nataka Books Full Review: 

Mhudi

Novels can be a great way to access history for novels written about today's society do just that, they paint a portrait of our times, however fictional the plot, setting and characters. And so this novel by Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, who I consider to be one of the greatest South African who ever lived portrays life before 1899 when displacement began. The biography of Sol Plaatje is more informative than some books labelled promising the 'full history' on the cover !


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