Chaka

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Waveland Press, May 21, 2013 - Fiction - 168 pages

Chaka is a genuine masterpiece that represents one of the earliest major contributions of black Africa to the corpus of modern world literature. Mofolos fictionalized life-story account of Chaka (Shaka), translated from Sesotho by D. P. Kunene, begins with the future Zulu kings birth followed by the unwarranted taunts and abuse he receives during childhood and adolescence. The author manipulates events leading to Chakas status of great Zulu warrior, conqueror, and king to emphasize classic tragedys psychological themes of ambition and power, cruelty, and ultimate ruin. Mofolos clever nods to the supernatural add symbolic value.

Kunenes fine translation renders the dramatic and tragic tensions in Mofolos tale palpable as the richness of the authors own culture is revealed. A substantial introduction by the translator provides valuable context for modern readers.

 

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Contents

Nandi chooses Senzangakhona
1
Senzangakhona disowns Nandi
7
Chaka kills a Lion
15
Chaka is visited by the King of the Deep Pool
21
Chaka leaves home in flight
27
Chaka meets Isanusi
34
Isanusi strengthens Chaka with medicine
42
Chaka arrives at DingiswayosHe kills a Madman The Battle of Zwide
47
Zwide kills Dingiswayo Chaka acquires Dingiswayos Kingship
90
The New National Name
97
The Reforms and Changes brought about by Chaka
105
The Death of Noliwa
121
The Killing of the Cowards
127
Chaka invades the South Mzilikazi
135
Concerning Nongogo and Mnyamana
142
The Death of Nandi
148

Ndlebe and Malunga come to Chaka
55
Chaka captures Zwide
61
The Death of Senzangakhona
66
Noliwa
70
Chaka and Isanusi at Senzangakhonas Grave
76
Chaka is installed as his Fathers Successor
84
The Unquenchable Thirst
153
Painful Dreams
156
Donga LukaTatiyana
161
The End of Chaka
165
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