Cupidity, corruption and conciliation are the themes of the three plays in this collection from one of South Africa's leading playwrights and velists. The Mother of all Eating, a one-hander, with its central character a corrupt Lesotho official, is a grinding satire on materialism in which the protagonist gets his come-uppance. You Fool, How Can the Sky Fall? is an unbridled study in grotesquerie, reflecting a belief, traceable throughout Mda's work, that government by those who inherit a revolution is almost inevitably, in the first decade or two, hi-jacked by the smart operators. The Bells of Amersfoort, with its graphic portrayal of the isolation imposed by exile, picks up on the themes of the other two plays, but adds to them the concept of 'healing', both of the soul and of the land, in a lyrical work which holds out more hope than do its companions in this volume. The plays are introduced by Rob Amato, who directed much of Mda's earlier work.
Zakes Mda is the pen-name of Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda, the South African multiple award-winning playwright, novelist, painter, music composer and filmmaker. He has worked as a professor of literature at the National University of Lesotho, as a research fellow at Yale University, and as a visiting professor at the University of Vermont and the University of the Witwatersrand.