To bring 2015 to a close, Saraba is pleased to announce the release of a supplement to our magazine, with a short story—or novella—by Caine Prize-shortlisted author Melissa Tandiwe Myambo entitled “Take Off, Victorious.”
Melissa Tandiwe Myambo’s remarkable new story, “Take-off, Victorious,” provides further proof of her ability to transmute the base metal of any theme she touches into literary gold. Set in the pressure-cooker world of competitive sports, the story not only focuses with unflinching intensity on a high-flyer’s descent into existential crisis, it also investigates the chaos introduced by that protagonist’s troubles into the lives of a large cast of powerfully drawn characters.
Even readers acquainted with Ms Myambo’s other exquisite works like “Special Meal” and the Caine Prize-shortlisted “La Salle de Départ” will be stunned by the spellbinding artistry of her new piece, as well as by its compelling insights.
Melissa Tandiwe Myambo recoils from the limelight; however, if she continues privileging us with stories such as “Take-off, Victorious,” the limelight will have no choice but to permanently brighten her door with its blinding presence.
—Rotimi Babatunde, Winner, Caine Prize for African Writing, 2012