Announcing: Everything Is A Deathly Flower by Maneo Mohale

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We’re proud to announce the publication of Everything Is A Deathly Flower, the debut collection of one of South Africa’s most promising young writers, Maneo Mohale.

In one of the most anticipated debut collections of recent years, Maneo Mohale reckons boldly with the experience of – and the reconstruction of a life after – a sexual assault.

Mohale’s unapologetic and disarming voice carries through a budding and blooming garden of poetics, rooted in a contemporary southern African tradition, but springing forth in queer and radical new directions. Indeed, this is a work encompassing the full, often contradictory, and seldom complete process of healing: where relations must be chosen as well as made; where time becomes non-linear and language insufficient; where nothing is what it seems, yet everything is what it is.

Photo by Andile Buka

Photo by Andile Buka

Maneo Mohale was born in 1992 in Benoni. Her work has appeared in Jalada, Prufrock, the New York Times, the Mail & Guardian, spectrum.za, and others. She is a 2016 Bitch Media Global Feminism Fellow, and has been longlisted twice for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award. After living in Canada for five years, she now lives in Johannesburg, where she works as an editor and writer. This is her first book.

For more information on the book, please see the publication page. Launches will be announced on our Instagram, and in our monthly (news)letter, which you can sign up for at the bottom of this page.

The book will be available from all good bookstores from September 2019, and soon afterward from the African Books Collective.

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