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Link Love: Nelson Makhubane Tshabalala’s Smoke of Forgiveness Tells the Story of South African Farmworkers

Smoke of ForgivenessNelson Makhubane Tshabalala brings you Smoke of Forgiveness:

Press Release:

Smoke Of Forgiveness is a novel set against the flow of history from apartheid South Africa to the current day. It attempts to touch on every aspect of moral choice where the nation still stands divided today in its thinking.

It lays bare the anguish evoked by atrocities committed against rural farm-workers where beatings and rape were used as punishment and callous disregard for human life by institutions, like when a father dies in a mining disaster. It sweeps across so many excruciating human experiences, love across the ‘colour-line’, raw racism, suicide, double standards, unfaithfulness in relationships, a response to homosexuality, poverty, homelessness and above all, the true historic events that unfolded in South Africa in the past four decades to date.

Further, this book acknowledges the positive role played by several Christian groups in furthering the education of previously disadvantaged people, the belief in the role of the ancestors and the need to guard against African spirituality being watered down by Christianity.

Cognizance should be taken that Smoke Of Forgiveness also speaks to the hope of reconciliation and the ability of perpetrators to see the error of their ways and change. It’s a sincere attempt to set the stage for South Africa emerging from the baggage of the past, and this book addresses the issues that are envisaged to bring about real change in the future, which include among other things; a Truth and Reconciliation Commission concept that could still do so much more.

Smoke Of Forgiveness encourages a call to awaken an entrepreneurial spirit that will take the economy of South Africa whether formal and informal to new levels to meet current challenges as well as a call to generosity on the part of those who succeed so they can ‘give back’ to the needy. Lastly, this novel is an inspirational novel with key ideas communicated, at one point, through the device of the main character doing a motivational speaking tour.

Two months and two weeks since this novel was published, the Goethe Institute had contacted the author to discuss the inclusion of this novel for the ‘2012 New South African Voices – Beyond The Cities – The Platteland in South African Literature’.The Institute has acknowledged the strength of this novel, as one of the most powerful stories ever told in an African literary flair and is the only novel selected for this event this year.

Smoke Of Forgiveness has been nominated to compete for the 2012 Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section (ENMISA) awards in London, England, being another international literary distinguished book award on international politics.

The Africa Book Club, being one of the international leading magazine and club has recently chosen Nelson Makhubane Tshabalala as the African Author of the Week and Month (September 2012), respectively, primarily on the basis of the strength of Smoke Of Forgiveness.

About the author

Nelson Makhubane Tshabalala is a self-published South African author.

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