She Plays with the Darkness: A Novel
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She Plays with the Darkness: A Novel

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In a remote mountain village in Lesotho, the beautiful Dikosha lives for dancing and for song, setting herself apart from her fellow villagers. Her twin brother, Radisene, works in the lowland capital of Maseru, struggling amid political upheaval to find a life for himself away from the hills. As the years pass, Radisene's fortunes rise and fall in the city, while Dikosha...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by Picador (first published April 23rd 2000)
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Good, not great. A somewhat cryptic story about life in Lesotho. Too much about the twin brother trying to build a fortune through insurance scams. Not enough about the much more fascinating sister who provides the title. A better place to start with Mda: "The Madonna of Excelsior."
Nancy Mcdaniel
I loved this book but don't think that everyone would. Zakes Mda's books are beautifully written but kind of quirky with their depictions of myth folklore and legend in southern African village life. I adored it
Thulani Ndlovu
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loved the plot.thuogh fictional,could not help seeing the real Lesotho behind the setting.fantastic read!!!!
Earl Solper
She Plays with Darkness desperately tries to be Magical Realism, but fails.
Fascinating mountaneous fantasy world, fascinating fantasy characters, story a bit "going nowhere" but with parallels to a credible reality that makes it worth reading
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Zakes Mda is the pen name of Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, a novelist, poet and playwright.

Although he spent his early childhood in Soweto (where he knew political figures such as Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela) he had to finish his education in Lesotho where his father went into exile since 1963. This change of setting also meant a change of language for Mda: from i...more
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