Masande Ntshanga has just released a new book, titled Native Life in the Third Millennium.
In an interview with Blacklight Media, Ntshanga describes Native Life in the Third Millennium as “an experimental chapbook, a hybrid collection of interlinking poetry and prose. It features a poet, a philosopher, and a programmer living and working under systemic oppression in South Africa. It aspires to be a portrait of native life in the third millennium – or at least as I see it.”
Native Life in the Third Millennium is Ntshanga’s third book. His previous two books are the acclaimed novels The Reactive and Triangulum, the latter of which has also been widely described as genre-bending.
Ntshanga revealed that the work was a positive result of the COVID-19 pandemic which restricted his movements and thus allowed him the time and space to write.
The book is published by Ntshanga’s own MODEL SEE MEDIA, which he founded this year primarily to support experimental writing.
Ntshanga work has received a Betty Trask Award, a PEN International New Voices Award, the 2015 Caine Prize shortlist, amongst others. He teaches Creative Writing at Rhodes University.
Read an excerpt from Native Life in the Third Millennium here.
Congratulations, Masande Ntshanga! We look forward to seeing more experimental writing from you and your publishing house.