The silent voice: a profile of OK Matsepe's narrator in T…

Grobler, G. M. M.
May 2004
South African Journal of African Languages;2004, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p140
Academic Journal
The article analyzes the narrative technique of the novel "Tfa ka mafuri" by O.K. Matsepe. It views that the narrator in this fiction is a chancier in his own right. It observes that Matsepe's first person, 'I' as the witness narrator remains an anonymous observer who comments on the actions and behavior of the other characters. But the reader has to reconstruct the objective reality due to the unreliability of the narrator as a reporter of the events. It is observed that Matsepe has attempted a deliberate ploy through which he coaxes the reader to participate in the act of creation. The article reflects that the narrator's confidential relationship with the reader becomes evident when he frequently addresses him directly to imprint essential information or to share his surprise and uncertainty about a situation with him. At the same time the narrator is reluctant to pass judgment and in the end the reader has to make his own decisions, which the novelist uses as a modus operandi to highlight the universal truth that man always interprets reality as it suits him best.


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