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The Madonna of Excelsior - A Novel

Zakes Mda

In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior, a farming community in South Africa's rural Free States, were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sexual relations between blacks and whites on the pretext of avoiding miscegenation. The women were jailed as they awaited trial and their white counterparts were released on bail. In the end, the state withdrew the charges, but the accused women's lives, already complicated, became harder than ever. Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal, revealing a country in which apartheid, even as it sought to keep the races apart, concealed interracial liaisons of every kind. Niki, the fallen Madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have profound repercussions in the lives of her black son, Viliki, and her mixed-race daughter, Popi, who come of age in the years after the end of apartheid, when freedom allows them - indeed compels them - to figure out their racial identities for themselves. As the story advances to the present, the mixed society of Excelsior comes to suggest South Africa today, a society far more complex - and more dramatic - than conventional notions of black and white will allow.

In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior, a farming community in South Africa's rural Free States, were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sexual relations between blacks and whites on the pretext of avoiding miscegenation. The women were jailed as they awaited trial and their white counterparts were released on bail. In the end, the state withdrew the charges, but the accused women's lives, already complicated, became harder than ever. Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal, revealing a country in which apartheid, even as it sought to keep the races apart, concealed interracial liaisons of every kind. Niki, the fallen Madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have profound repercussions in the lives of her black son, Viliki, and her mixed-race daughter, Popi, who come of age in the years after the end of apartheid, when freedom allows them - indeed compels them - to figure out their racial identities for themselves. As the story advances to the present, the mixed society of Excelsior comes to suggest South Africa today, a society far more complex - and more dramatic - than conventional notions of black and white will allow.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

In 1971, nineteen citizens of Excelsior, a farming community in South Africa's rural Free States, were charged with breaking apartheid's Immorality Act, which forbade sexual relations between blacks and whites on the pretext of avoiding miscegenation. The women were jailed as they awaited trial and their white counterparts were released on bail. In the end, the state withdrew the charges, but the accused women's lives, already complicated, became harder than ever. Mda tells the story of a family at the heart of the scandal, revealing a country in which apartheid, even as it sought to keep the races apart, concealed interracial liaisons of every kind. Niki, the fallen Madonna, transgresses boundaries for the sake of love; her choices have profound repercussions in the lives of her black son, Viliki, and her mixed-race daughter, Popi, who come of age in the years after the end of apartheid, when freedom allows them - indeed compels them - to figure out their racial identities for themselves. As the story advances to the present, the mixed society of Excelsior comes to suggest South Africa today, a society far more complex - and more dramatic - than conventional notions of black and white will allow.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robin Miles

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

13:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

20:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

15:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

29:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:00


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:43