Siphiwo Mahala’s Red Apple Dreams

Siphiwo Mahala’s “Red Apple Dreams” out in October 2019.

Siphiwo Mahala’s newest short story collection Red Apple Dreams is out on the first week of October 2019.

Siphiwo Mahala introduced himself to the African literary community with his 2007 novel When a Man Cries about a family man caught between his flourishing career as a teacher and municipal councillor and his overriding sexual interests. He followed that up with the 2011 short story collection African Delights (our review). Since then, he has written the stage play The House of Truth, judged the 9mobile Prize for African literature and picked up a doctorate.

His writing comes heavily recommended. Legendary poet, short-story writer, and novelist Mandla Langa says of his body of work, especially his short stories, “contemporary South Africa, a state in flux, needs to read his stories to understand how it is seen by some of the sharpest commentators that this democracy has produced.” Academic and short story writer Wamuwi Mbao says of the Johannesburg-based writer, “Mahala writes the unmomentous, unobserved moments of daily black life into being.”

The South African has announced that his newest short story collection, Red Apple Dreams, will be hitting all good shops in the first week of October. The new collection, published by Iconic Productions, has the following blurb;

This vibrant collection blends fresh and classic stories by Siphiwo Mahala into an intertexual feast – in which he and guest contributors showcase and respond to time honoured works by Can Themba, James Mathews, and Njabulo Ndebele. The resulting chorus of voices, conducted with flair, makes for an essential addition to the library of every lover of African literature.

Details on where the book can be bought shall be shared as and when information is available. While we wait for these details, check out Mahala speak passionately about his journey as a writer.

 

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