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Videos: Zakes Mda Discusses and Reads from The Madonna of Excelsior, Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness

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In a video series for Oxford University Press, Zakes Mda discussed some of his most well-known books, The Madonna of Excelsior, Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness. He also read excerpts from the books and explained how he became an author.

Zakes says that his father, a teacher, introduced him to English classics, while his grandmother used to tell him the traditional isiXhosa stories. According to Mda, he started writing at age seven and had his first short story published when he was thirteen.

In this first video, Mda speaks about the origin of the title of The Madonna of Excelsior:

Mda reads an excerpt from The Madonna of Excelsior:

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Mda describes the story of a professional mourner told in his novel, Ways of Dying:

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An extract from Ways of Dying is read by the author:

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In the following two videos, Mda discusses the title of The Heart of Redness and gives a synopsis of the story:

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Mda reads an extract from The Heart of Redness:

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Lastly, Mda discusses being an author:

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