Nthikeng Mohlele is Jacana Media’s Author of the Month!
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Nthikeng Mohlele is Jacana Media’s Author of the Month! Read an interview and find out more about his books.

Nthikeng Mohlele was partly raised in Limpopo and in Tembisa Township, and attended Wits University, where he obtained a BA in Dramatic Art, Publishing Studies and African Literature. He is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: The Scent of Bliss (2008), Small Things (2013), Rusty Bell (2014), Pleasure (2016), Michael K (2018), Illumination (2019) and the recently published short story collection, The Discovery of Love (2021).

Where do you get the information or ideas for your novels?
Primarily from a higher and fertile divine power and source that gives without conditions or restraint; then from terrestrial life and events.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Ninety-nine point nine per cent of everything I have ever written and published was written on an iPhone. Small screen, you see, as insurance against long-winded nonsense – at thought and narrative planes.

What is the most challenging part of writing?
Discipline. The global drug that is social media. Some ‘loneliness’ from writing being a solitary craft by design.

What other books have inspired you?
Hauntings, a short story collection edited by Niq Mhlongo, The Dying Animal by Philip Roth, The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera, Life and Times of Michael K by JM Coetzee, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

What is next for Nthikeng Mohlele?
My second short story collection, following the current one, The Discovery of Love, is expected early 2023. I have also recently completed a new theatre script which I am scrutinising with great love, amusement and a little suspicion.


Categories Fiction South Africa

Tags Illumination Michael K Nthikeng Mohlele Pleasure Rusty Bell Small Things The Discovery of Love The Scent of Bliss

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