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by Chenjerai Hove

With a Foreword by Professor Kizito Muchemwa, Bones, which won the Noma Award in 1989, was Chenjerai Hove’s first novel in English.

Bones is a powerful, heart-rending novel that provides a sensitive evocation of Marita, a farmworker, whose only son joined the freedom fighters in Zimbabwe’s war of liberation. He does not return after the war and Marita is determined to find him or find out what happened to him. This is perhaps a single clear theme in a landscape where women, particularly the poor and the marginalized, suffer many layers of oppression. Marita’s courage and endurance are reconstructed through the memories of those who knew her in a language steeped in poetry and Shona idiom. 

ISBN 9781779223906 | 126 pages | 210 x 140 mm | 2021 | Weaver Press, Zimbabwe | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781779223913


"Bones is a timeless and unmatched landmark in African story-telling. A celebration of resilient hope in the face of relentless and intimate oppression."

Robert Muponde, Professor of English at the University of the Witwatersrand



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