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Song of the Town Crier, by Themba Zulu

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Themba Zulu is an economist by profession and he works for Treasury. This book gives particular attention to diction (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm and imagery. Themba Zulu is a young South African following in the footsteps of the gifted … poets (from an older generation) like Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mafika Gwala, Don Mattera …

Themba Zulu is an economist by profession and he works for Treasury. This book gives particular attention to diction (sometimes involving rhyme), rhythm and imagery. Themba Zulu is a young South African following in the footsteps of the gifted … poets (from an older generation) like Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mafika Gwala, Don Mattera … In this book Zulu possesses special powers of imagination or expression. He is, so to say, in a trance … Song of the Town Crier is an iconic book that places the core of its theme in the very heart of the South African politico-moral debate. It asks difficult questions, it kicks political “truths” in the teeth and it offers no peppered or sweetened edge to human suffering and experience of the common folk. Zulu’s pen is sharp; but in Town Crier, it feels as if he is increasing this sharpness to a level of enjoyable genius that lacks pretense.

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