Fool’s Gold: Se­lected Mod­jaji Short ★★★★★ Sto­ries

Edited by Arja Salafranca, Mod­jaji

Sunday Times - - Review -

As short-story writer Lor­rie Moore said: “A short story is a love af­fair; a novel is a mar­riage. A short story is a pho­to­graph; a novel is a film.” Each of the ex­cel­lent short sto­ries in this well-cu­rated col­lec­tion of­fers a brief win­dow into the life of South African women. Some are poignantly sad, high­light­ing poverty, Aids or­phans, pa­tri­archy and so­cial prob­lems, while oth­ers of­fer light re­lief, like Lauri Kubuit­sile’s story about a vil­lage Lothario. Then there’s the mag­nif­i­cent “Prayers” by Makhosazan­a Xaba, told as a let­ter for as­sis­tance from a teenager car­ing for her sis­ter af­ter their par­ents die of Aids. An­other heart­breaker is Jayne Baul­ing’s “Stains Like a Map”, about a cou­ple who leave Mozam­bique for the promised land of South Africa with lit­tle more than a stained mat­tress that dis­in­te­grates like their jour­ney. While some are har­row­ing, ev­ery story is won­der­ful.

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