Clockwork Books ventures into publishing in our local languages

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Let me just say upfront, I know it should be “isiZulu fiction”, OK? But blog post titles have to be SEO-friendly, so “Zulu fiction” it is.

If you’ve been following Clockwork Books on social media for a while, you’ll have noticed we’ve been posting in isiZulu. This is a big change! And you may be wondering why we’ve been doing it.

Well, we’re super excited to announce that we’ll be publishing our first Zulu fiction title at the end of the month.

The book is called “UkuThintana”, or “Contact” in English. As the title suggests, it’s a work of speculative fiction, set in a future time when all humans are being forced to communicate in a single language. A race of “Ascended Ones” – aliens, basically – watch the goings on down on Earth with mild interest and amusement, but they are bound by their laws not to interfere.

One of these beings, SoNdlebe-yeKhohlo, cannot resist interfering when they learn that humans have chosen a new way of being: in order to end all conflict and suffering, all people will adopt a single language and a single worldview, eliminating the spectrum of difference that appears to be the root of humanity’s troubles.

And so, our story begins with the trial of SoNdlebe-yeKhohlo in the Council of the Ascended in the heart of the galaxy, and soon follows the story of Zilimi, the Earthling whose path crosses with the accused’s, setting off a chain of events that will see the young human tasked with saving the future of the species in the face of great danger.

Ready to read this new work of Zulu fiction? Preorder your epub copy here.

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Until next time, happy reading!

Sarah