The daring author of A Man Who is Not a Man has challenged the conventional once again with his wonderfully original second novel, Hear Me Alone.
When Epher returns to Nazareth, he meets his childhood sweetheart, Bellewa Miriam, who reveals she has been promised for marriage to the woodwork merchant, old man Joseph, and has been visited by an angel, who informed her that she would conceive that night.
Many years later, when the son of Bellewa Miriam had come and gone, Epher writes a letter to his patron and friend, Theophilus, telling him what happened on the night he met Bellewa Miriam, recounting the consequences suffered as a result of this meeting, which he hopes will be included in the bible.
Written as a re-imagining of the Nativity Story, Hear Me Alone offers an imaginative alternative to the story of the conception and birth of Jesus Christ.
About the Author
Thando Mgqolozana graduated at the University of the Western Cape and was elected as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. He received the Golden Key International Honour, and was selected as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans. He has worked as a researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council, where he co-authored a number of research monographs. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, A Man Who is Not A Man.
“This story soars in prose that is lucid and lyrical without being overly ornate. It is compelling fiction that is delightfully subversive. Here we have a narrative of all times and all places, a powerful and compelling allegory that flies beyond the social realism of most of South African fiction; a provocative period piece of beauty and imagination. It is a taut and intense alternative account with fascinating characters, some of whom we have met elsewhere before in another guise; an intertextual triumph!” – Zakes Mda
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