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The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy – Bhekisisa Mncube

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The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy – Bhekisisa Mncube

Bhekisisa Mncube discusses his memoir 'The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy' (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

4th May 2018

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‘The book goes beyond being a narrative of forbidden love. It’s a potent alchemy, a swirling together of matters that are the hallmark of serious literature: good and evil, sex, love, friendship, morality, happiness and suffering, heroes and villains... and, of course, the old South African chestnuts – race and identity.’  – Fred Khumalo

The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy  is by turns erotic, romantic, tragic and comic. Inspired by the real-life drama of a romance between a Zulu boy and an Englishwoman, the book consists of various interrelated short stories on interracial relationships in modern-day South Africa.

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As the author reflects on love across the colour line, it triggers memories of failed affairs and bizarre experiences: love spells, toxic masculinity, infidelity, sexually transmitted diseases, a phantom pregnancy, sexless relationships, threesomes and prostitution, to name but a few.

A unique book for the South African market, The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy  is written with an honesty rarely encountered in autobiographical writing.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bhekisisa Mncube has been described as a ‘Zulu cultural delinquent’. He has a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Journalism from the Durban University of Technology and is the recipient of the coveted Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung International Scholarship (Germany). His writing has appeared in various publications, including The Witness, Sunday Times (Lifestyle), Mercury, Sunday Tribune, Independent on Saturday, Daily News, Sunday World, Politicsweb, Bizcommunity.com and The New Age. He is currently a director of speechwriting for the minister of basic education.

The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy is published by Penguin Random House South Africa

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