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The film “Zulu”–starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom–gets lukewarm reviews. Is the novel any good?

Caryl Férey’s 2008 crime novel Zulu won the French Grand Prix prize for best crime novel. The film version, starring Forrest Whittaker and Orlando Bloom, closed the Cannes Film Festival. (Originally, there was talk Djimon Hounsou would star.) The French-South African production received less than stellar reviews post-Cannes. The film is not yet out on general release in the U.S., France, South Africa or anywhere else, but the book is. Is the book any better?

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The unfounded fears of a Zulu hegemony

Given South Africa’s stated commitment to multilingualism, you might not think that a requirement from one of the country’s universities that its students learn an indigenous African language would raise…..

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Zulu Metrosexuals

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about “Black Dandies” and the presence of new academic identities in US institutions. But anyone hear about Zulu Metrosexuals, and the ways in which…..

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Djimon Hounsou’s Africa

A couple of years ago, the Beninoise actor Djimon Hounsou collaborated with Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina to put the latter’s then provocative and now legendary essay “How to write about…..