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Abundant Herds

ISBN 
9781874950691
Format 
Hardback
Recommended Price 
R470.00
Published 
May 2010
About the book: 

A unique publication that contributes to the recording and understanding of a significant aspect of South Africa's cultural heritage. 

This book is an appreciation of the creative imagination and linguistic versatility of the Zulu people. It is a book about human creativity. Not the creativity of the plastic arts, or of music, but rather that of the poet, the wordsmith. 

It gives an overview of the history of the Nguni cattle and their economic, social, political and spiritual importance to the Zulu people, both past and present.

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About the Author
Marguerite Poland has successfully and eloquently mastered writing for both children and adults. Her landmark 1979 book  The Mantis And The Moon  is credited with establishing a market for indigenous children’s books in English in South Africa. Poetic, sensitively-layered and lucid, Poland’s novels for adults have won several prestigious awards. A meticulous researcher, she has also written a number of academic papers and reports.
 
Fluent in Xhosa and isiZulu, much of Poland’s work reflects her interest in African culture with some of her childrens stories in particular inspired by African oral traditions. Her keen understanding and appreciation of the South African landscape, its fauna and flora, as well as its peoples, is colourfully evident in her writing.
 
Married with two daughters, Marguerite Poland spends her time between Grahamstown and Durban.

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