Caryl Phillips’s latest book is Color Me English: Selected Essays. He is Professor of English at Yale.
 (January 2013)

South Africa: Life with Father

Zakes Mda at his house in Athens, Ohio, 2010
The first novel of South African writer Zakes Mda, Ways of Dying (1995), told the story of Toloki, a down-at-the-heels loner who witnesses the mindless violence that convulses a black community in the final days of apartheid. He becomes a professional mourner and wanders from funeral to funeral, varying the …