A completely original talent coming into his full powers: Announcing Masande Ntshanga’s new novel Triangulum
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Presented as a message from the future, Masande Ntshanga’s new novel Triangulum boldly mixes science-fiction with philosophy and details of South African history seldom examined.
An affecting exploration of bereavement, sexuality and coming of age, this multilayered novel showcases a completely original talent coming into his full powers.
That’s how the metropolis had ordered us. Its scaffolding and thoroughfares were testaments to the might of its vertical ambition; but it took little interest in us, the flesh inside its mills.
About the book
In the Eastern Cape, a schoolgirl maths prodigy is haunted by the loss of her mother, who disappeared during the demise of the country’s homeland system.
When a strange apparition – ‘the machine’ – visits the girl at night, she’s convinced it’s a sign from her mother, and connected to a series of abductions of local girls. With her two closest friends, she sets out to find the truth, exposing links to the area’s murky past.
Are her visions disturbed hallucinations to be medicated away? Or are they evidence of supernatural – perhaps even extraterrestrial – contact? Years later, as a gifted data scientist in a dystopic surveillance-state, she is drawn into a world of espionage, shadowy corporations, eco-terrorists and hackers through the love she feels for an elusive artist.
About the author
Masande Ntshanga is the Caine Prize-nominated winner of the 2013 PEN International New Voices Award. He was born in East London in 1986 and graduated with a degree in film and media and an honours degree in English studies from UCT, where he became a creative writing fellow, completing his masters in creative writing under the Mellon Mays Foundation. He has received a Fulbright Award and an NRF freestanding master’s scholarship and a Civitella Ranieri fellowship, and was selected as the Africa Centre’s 2015 Artist In Residence at the Bundanon Trust in Australia. His stories have appeared in Laugh It Off, ITCH, Imago and Habitat. His debut novel, The Reactive, was shortlisted for the 2015 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize.