This collection of short stories explores the �survival of the fittest� in the hardship and poverty of a remote village in Matabeleland. Bongani Sibanda draws his characters and their situations with a sardonic eye and caustic humour. Sibanda satirises churches which enrich their leaders with the tithes of the poor, and draws our attention to self-proclaimed pastors who use the �gospel of nationalism and patriotism� to persuade their congregants to desist from supporting opposition politics. The church is also a source of the villagers� weekly entertainment, with its cleansing ceremonies and the interrogation of witches: belief has a place, but so too does theatre. Patriarchy, family hierarchies, and the traditional position of women and children, all fall under Sibanda�s wry but compassionate scrutiny. We feel an intimacy with the villagers as we learn about how they cope: with no self-pity, little ambition, but a fierce determination
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|Size: ||1.3 MB|
|Publisher: ||Weaver Press|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781779223104 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|