Mahlangu, Songeziwe (2012) Penumbra. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




After failing his Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting Mangaliso Zolo takes an office job at a large insurance company in Cape Town. Anonymous and overlooked in a vast bureaucracy but with a pay check promising happiness and security, he slides into a series of personal crises that test his grip on what he believes in. When at his lowest ebb he leaves his job, grabs his bible and hits the streets his world closes in on him and he is eventually confined to a psychiatric hospital. Penumbra is a novel that explores the liminal area between faith and avarice, sanity and madness, modernity and tradition, friendship and enmity. It is set in contemporary South Africa, a society defined by alienation and excess.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fiction, Creative writing, South Africa, Faith, Avarice, Sanity, Madness, Modernity, Tradition, Friendship, Enmity
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN3311 Prose. Prose fiction
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:3093
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:09 Jul 2012 12:21
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 12:21
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