With a rich vocabulary that is poetic and uncluttered, this debut novel is nothing short of a masterpiece. It is both a well-written and philosophical book. The story begins with Nokwakha giving birth at her village home, and when it is discovered that the child is an albino the midwife convinces her that it is a curse and she should snuff the life out of it before it takes another breath. The dreadful deed is done by the river, but the ‘all-knowing one’ has other plans … With an assured voice and eloquent prose, Magubeni invites us into the life of this extraordinary being, Nwelezelanga, the child who should not have been, contrasting the themes of darkness and light, embracing the unknown and unseen in a way no one else has – or can.

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23 Feb 2017
7.0
Nwelezelanga The Star Child is such an interesting book. Nwelezelanga is born an albino and rejected by her birth-mother. Convinced by the midwife to kill her, Nwelezelanga mother places her in a river to drown. However fate has other plans for Nwele ...
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City Press

23 Feb 2017
8.0
I admit that Unathi Magubeni’s debut novel had me shivering with fear from the first page to the last. For a fairly short book, it is crammed with shockers and twists in the tale, themes of betrayal and murder, evil midwives and heroic herbalists. ...
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Timeslive.co.za

23 Feb 2017
7.0
This line appears midway though a book that also starts like a spark of light in a dark universe, and builds steadily until you’re blinded by the power of its message. With the patterns of a praise singer, and the lyricism of a born poet, debut ...
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Decolonising Africa

23 Feb 2017
7.0
Ever since my first encounter with the “concept” or idea of African Spirituality, and with every successive encounter I’ve had with it, I’ve realised how much of a mystery it is for many people. For a long time it seemed to me that from the v ...

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Jacana Media

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978-1-928-33724-9

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English

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