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Title: Hunger eats a man
Author: Nkosinathi Sithole
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa 2015
ISBN 9780143538967 / ISBN 978-0-14-353896-7
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 184 pages
"The only thing that moves here in Ndlalidlindoda is time. Everything else is stagnant," Priest says to himself as he contemplates the land that has been his home for more than twenty years. It is now winter, and Priest hates winter. Gxumani, of which Ndlalidlindoda (Hunger Eats a Man) is part, is situated near the Drakensberg mountains, so it gets very cold in winter. He has heard many people say that the City of Gold is cold, but he knows that no place can be colder than Gxumani, not in winter. Yet Priest is now inured to the discomforts of cold. His only concern regarding winter is that the land loses its beauty. To him, the only thing that thrives in winter is the wind, and the wind makes him feel uncomfortable. Everything else is ugly and hungry. He focuses his gaze far away on the land owned by Wild Life and notices that the grass is dry and reddish white. Even the grass in his homestead seems to be crying for food.
This prompts a thought in him that interests him so much that he wishes to share it with his wife. He goes inside and seats himself on the sofa. MaDuma is fixated on the beadwork she is crafting to sell to the tourists at Zenzele (Do-It-Yourself). Priest spends a full minute studying the features of his wife. She is not really beautiful, but she is also far from ugly. MaDuma has lost almost all her back teeth and her cheeks are now sunken. However, this does not interfere with the fairness of her features. Priest thinks her eye-glasses make her look more beautiful than she actually is, then decides that this is unfair. But what is fair in this world any more? ... Hunger eats a man is the heart-warming story of the Ndlalidlindoda community, plagued by poverty and corruption, and one man's struggle to give his family a better life than what he ever had.
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