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A Dark Energy

by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

Don is the only child of a happy family full of love, but it does not last. At 6 years old Don’s parents are burned in a fire through arson, and suspects his father’s brother is the culprit. As the family fights over his father's wealth nobody wants anything to do with Don, particularly the Uncle whom he suspects of arson and ends up taking most of his father’s wealth. After a difficult upbringing in orphanages and living with an abusive old man Don starts working as an agent in Central Investigations Organisation, Zimbabwe’s security intelligence organisation. Despite this apparent success Don never deals with the existential dilemmas he has as a result of his childhood. He becomes a loner, he doesn't believe in love, marriage, or happiness... until he meets Lilian. Soon after he is called into the president’s office to cover up an extramarital affair. When a political rival of the president, the corrupt defence minister, ‘bones’ gets wind of the cover up and unsuccessfully tries to blackmail Don something terrible happens and Don becomes thrown back into the darkness.

Straddling literary genres this novel explores themes related to family, love, politics, life and existence. It is the story of a man pushed to breaking point and how that, inevitably, impacts society. 

ISBN 9780797493339 | 144 pages | 216 x 140mm | 2018 | Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe | Paperback




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