ABOUT the author
Masande Ntshanga is the winner of the Betty Trask Award (2018), 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 violent and fascinating history of South Africa—from colonialism to apartheid, and the recent struggles to come to terms with this past—serves as a rich backdrop for this unsettling, enrapturing novel that brings to mind Roberto Bolano’s 2666... a novel of incredible imagination that gradually unfurls into a wonderfully realized meditation on growing up, heritage, and the effects of technological progress on the world around us."
—Alexander Moran, Booklist
"[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.
The Johannesburg Review of Books interview with Masande Ntshanga | 6/3/2019
"South Africa’s dystopian future could easily be imagined through its dystopian past" — Masande Ntshanga chats to Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu about his new novel, Triangulum, his obsession with triangles, interactive fiction, and apartheid as a B-movie.
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":