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Book Overview - Innards by Magogodi oaMphela Makhene

Innards, Magogodi oaMphela Makhene, Atlantic, ISBN: 9781805460978 

‘A gut punch of a collection… it astonishes as it reveals how malignant political forces can both ravage and vitalize the human spirit.’ – New York Times

Set in Soweto, the urban heartland of South Africa, Innards tells the intimate stories of everyday black people processing the savagery of apartheid.

Rich with the thrilling textures of township language and life, it braids the voices and perspectives of an indelible cast of characters into a breathtaking collection flush with forgiveness, rage, ugliness and beauty.

Meet a fake PhD and ex-freedom fighter who remains unbothered by his own duplicity, a girl who goes mute after stumbling upon a burning body, twin siblings nursing a scorching feud, and a woman unravelling under the weight of a brutal encounter with the police.

At the heart of this collection – of deceit and ambition, appalling violence and transcendent love – is the story of slavery, colonization and apartheid – and it shows in intimate detail how South Africans must navigate both the shadows of the recent past and the uncertain opportunities of the promised land.

Full to bursting with life, in all its complexities and vagaries, Innards is an uncompromising depiction of black South Africa.

Visceral and tender, it heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.



Magogodi oaMphela Makhene. PHOTO: Submitted

Magogodi oaMphela Makhene is a proudly Soweto-made soul, who now makes her home anywhere with sunshine and writing space.

An Iowa Writers’ Workshop alum, Magogodi is a Caine Prize, Hedgebrook, MacDowell and Rona Jaffe Award honoree.

She leads immersive courses and experiences at Love As A Kind of Cure, a social enterprise she co-founded to dismantle white supremacy.

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