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MYTH OF IRON (article first published : 2006-02-7)

Adams Musgrave has launched Myth of Iron: Shaka in History by Dan Wylie.

“Over the decades we have heard a great deal about Shaka, the most famous – or infamous – of Zulu leaders. It may come as a surprise, therefore, that we do not know when he was born, nor what he looked like, nor precisely when or why he was assassinated. In Shaka’s case, even these most basic facts of any person’s biography remain locked in obscurity,” says the publicity material. “Meanwhile the public image, sometimes monstrous, sometimes heroic, juggernauts on – truly a ‘myth of iron’ that is so intriguing, so dramatic, so archetypal, and sometimes so politically useful, that few have subjected it to proper scrutiny.”

Myth of Iron: Shaka in history is the first book-length scholarly study to be published. It lays out, as far as possible, all the available evidence – mainly hitherto under-utilised Zulu oral testimonies, supported by other documentary sources – and decides, item by item, legend by legend, what exactly can be known about Shaka’s reign. The picture that emerges in this meticulously researched and absorbing ‘anti-biography’ is very different from the popular narrative.

Dan Wylie teaches in the Department of English at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has published Savage Delight: White Myths of Shaka (2000); a memoir of the Rhodesian war, Dead Leaves (2002); and some volumes of poetry. He is currently most preoccupied with eco-criticism and environmental literatures in the southern African context, and with escaping to rock faces whenever possible.




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