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Nehanda
By (author): Yvonne Vera

ISBN:

9781988449548

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Nov 30, 2018
$20.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.3 in | 190 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
FICTION / Literary
New edition, with an introduction by MG Vassanji. In the late nineteenth century white settlers and administrators arrive to occupy the African country of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). Nehanda, a village girl, is recognized through omens and portents as a saviour. The resulting uprising by the Africans is brutally crushed but looks forward to the war of independence that succeeded a century later. Told in lucid, poetic prose, this is a gripping story about the first meeting of a people with their colonizer.

Yvonne Vera (1964-2005) was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and later attended York University in Toronto, gaining her doctorate in English Literature in 1995. Her fiction has won a number of international awards, including the Tucholski Prize from Swedish PEN (2004) and the Macmillan writer's prize for Africa (2002). Her novel Nehanda was short-listed for the Commonwealth Prize (Africa, 1995), and she won the Commonwealth Prize for best novel for Under The Tongue (1997).

" . . . crisp and touching . . . restrained and well-focused . . . " --The Weekly Mail & Guardian (South Africa) " . . . a meditation on fate and language . . . a compelling story." --The Toronto Star "Reading [it] . . . is like savouring a sweet delicacy. Every page possesses its own special flavour; every morsel, a sinful delight." --Books in Canada " . . . elegant . . . magical . . " --The Toronto Review

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