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The Ghosts of a Bloody Past Reach into the Present

  Way Back Home by Niq Mhlongo (Kwela Books, 2013)   Kimathi Fezile Tito, the main character in Niq Mhlongo’s third novel Way Back Home, has a lot in common with South Africa. They are both arrogant, fat – the country registering the second-highest obesity levels in the world after the United States – and have a bloody history. […]

Random Thoughts On Land

Today, A week after the passing of the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Native Land Act, The Con begins a series of writing on land. First up Percy Zvomuya. Charles Mungoshi’s Waiting for the Rain is one of three greatest English novels to come out of Zimbabwe. The other, obvious, choice is House of […]

Looking Back: Chinua Achebe and the History of Biafra

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe (The Penguin Press, 2012) It’s one of those tragedies that you will remember vividly. You will recall what you were doing and where you were, even when you heard the news of the passing of Chinua Achebe. It was Human Rights Day in South […]