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Podcast: Zukiswa Wanner on The Madams

Zukiswa Wanner Zukiswa WannerJoin me on The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast as I chat to Zukiswa Wanner, author of the novel, The Madams, a book that has ventured into uncharted literary space by creating South Africa’s first Black “madam” and White “maid”. I caught up with Zukiswa at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in Johannesburg, and in this enjoyable conversation Zukiswa reveals much of what inspired her to write the novel.

Zukiswa’s is undoubtedly one of the boldest new voices to have arrived on the South Africa literary scene, choosing as her debut subject that most peculiar aspect of South Africa’s socio-cultural reality, the absence of white women as domestic servants – or “domestics”, or “maids”, as they are sometimes called. Zukiswa conjures up just such a figure – serving in a black household. This role-reversing manipulation of “that great South African bourgeois accessory”, the maid, allows one to reflect on the stubbornness of our social practices, and their ability to cut to the quick of our past.

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