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Presenting Affluenza: Niq Mhlongo’s Short Stories Covering the Madness of the Last 20 Years

AffluenzaAffluenza, a collection of short stories by Niq Mhlongo, will be published by Kwela in March 2016:

Niq Mhlongo returns with a collection of short stories that cover the span of our democracy – the euphoria of 1994, the Aids pandemic, xenophobia, the madness of Marikana and the Zuma presidency. The stories have been published to critical acclaim in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the USA but remain largely unknown in South Africa.

Affluenza offers us a chance to savour Niq Mhlongo’s take on the madness of the last 20 years.

Mhlongo is the author of three novels – Dog Eat Dog, After Tears and Way Back Home. His work has been translated into Spanish, Italian, French and German.

About the author

Niq Mhlongo was born in 1973 in Soweto. He has a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand, with majors in African Literature and Political Studies. His first novel, Dog Eat Dog, was published by Kwela in 2004 and was translated into Spanish under the title Perro Come Perro in 2006. This Spanish edition was awarded the Mar de Letras prize.

Besides writing novels and short stories, Mhlongo has written a screenplay for the animated children’s TV series Magic Cellar and scripts for a comic magazine called Mshana, the first issue of which appeared in February 2007.

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