ABOUT the author
Masande Ntshanga is the winner of the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award in 2013, and a finalist for the Caine Prize in 2015. He was born in East London in 1986 and graduated with a degree in Film and Media and an Honours degree in English Studies from UCT, where he became a creative writing fellow, completing his Masters in Creative Writing under the Mellon Mays Foundation. He received a Fulbright Award, an NRF Freestanding Masters scholarship, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship and a Bundanon Trust Award. His work has appeared in The White Review, Chimurenga, VICE and n + 1. He has also written for Rolling Stone Magazine.
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"[The Reactive is] a searing, gorgeously written account of life, love, illness, and death in South Africa. With exquisite prose, formal innovation, and a masterful command of storytelling, Ntshanga illustrates how some young people navigated the dusk that followed the dawn of freedom in South Africa and humanizes the casualties of the Mbeki government's fatal policies on HIV & AIDS."
—Naomi Jackson, Poets & Writers
WOSU radio interview with Masande Ntshanga on All Sides Weekend | 9/23/2016
Hear Masande Ntshanga discuss his novel The Reactive—its context and breakout success—with host Christopher Purdy and WOSU book critic, Kassie Rose.
Podcast interview with Masande Ntshanga on Late Night Library | 5/26/2016
Hear Sean Aaron Bowers speak with Masande Ntshanga about creating a sense of immediacy for the reader, the special powers of poets and essayists, and more.
An interview with Masande Ntshanga | 12/10/2015
We talk with Masande Ntshanga about winning the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award, the reaction to The Reactive in South Africa, and the time period in which his book is set.
Masande Ntshanga Masande Ntshanga on his debut novel "The Reactive":
Masande Ntshanga talks with SABC News about his book "The Reactive":