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The Reactive

(2014)
A novel by

 
 
*Winner of The Betty Trask Award (2018)
*Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize Finalist
*Etisalat Prize for Literature Longlist

*One of the Best Books of the Year 2016 - City Press, The Sunday Times, The Star, This is Africa, Africa's a Country, Sunday World

Heralded in the author's native South Africa as "the hottest novel of the year," The Reactive is a clear-eyed and compassionate depiction of a young HIV+ man grappling with the sudden death of his younger brother, for which he feels unduly responsible.

Lindanathi and his friends - Cecelia and Ruan - make their living working low-paying jobs and selling anti-retroviral drugs (during the period in South Africa before ARVs became broadly distributed). In between, they huff glue, drift in and out of parties, and traverse the streets of Cape Town, where they observe the grave material disparities of their country. A mysterious masked man appears seeking to buy their surplus of ARVs, an offer that would present the three with the opportunity to escape their environs, while at the same time forcing Lindanathi to confront his path, and finally, his past.

With brilliant, shimmering prose, Ntshanga has delivered a redemptive, ambitious, and unforgettable first novel.

"[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

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Reactive is one of the most exciting debut novels I’ve read in years. A coming of age novel for one young man and, seemingly, a generation." - Victor LaValle


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Paperback Editions

September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Reactive
Author(s): Masande Ntshanga
ISBN: 1-909762-59-8 / 978-1-909762-59-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jacaranda Books
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May 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Reactive
Author(s): Masande Ntshanga
ISBN: 1-937512-43-6 / 978-1-937512-43-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
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May 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Reactive
Author(s): Masande Ntshanga
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
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October 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Reactive
Author(s): Masande Ntshanga
Publisher: Umuzi
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