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“It’s an Incredible Boost”: Masande Ntshanga Reflects on the Success of The Reactive

The ReactiveFrom achieving an international book deal (film rights included) to being shortlisted for not one but three esteemed literary awards, 2015 has been a killer year for debut author Masande Ntshanga.

The author of The Reactive spoke to Dispatch LIVE this week about being shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, the 2014/2015 University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing, the Caine Prize for his short story “Space” and his upcoming trip to Italy for the 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.

“It’s an incredible boost, not just for the sake of the book’s exposure, which is great, but also for my own,” Ntshanga says.

Read the article for the author’s thoughts on contemporary South African writing:

“In terms of recognition, though, I feel like we’re at the point where different parts of the world are starting to pay attention to contemporary South African writing, which is a good development.

“Lastly, I’ve always felt that South Africa had enough innovation, but only that it isn’t always represented.

“For example, more experimental writers might publish with smaller houses that don’t have the marketing reach to compete with bigger ones.

“Unfortunately, that also has to do with the readership and how many people have a taste, as well as a demand, for innovative fiction.”

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