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Finding a Way Home: Stories

by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka

The stories in Finding a Way Home tackle many of the experiences of Zimbabwean people, but mostly life in the last few decades: i.e. life during the fight for democracy in Zimbabwe. It also tackles rape and sexual abuse issues, an insight into diseases that are not usually talked about well in Africa, yet they are devastating the continent like AIDS, Malaria, TB; diseases like bipolar, hypertension, cancer. It tackles failure of religious and spiritual beliefs. It delves into early adult coming-of-age stories, love stories in a world in the shadow of the AIDS pandemic, our dire need as humans to want to connect our lives with someone else, especially now in the 21 st century and how mostly it is ending in break-ups of relationships and disillusionment. The stories are free of most of the conventions of storytelling. Some stories are like notes, of different people connected to this idea of Finding a way home, talking ... telling their own stories, in their own way. The storyteller also explore storytelling techniques; in having the characters in the stories stamp their own emotions on the page. It is very experimental, challenging and incisive, the stories have the ability to look a subject straight in eyes, without flinching. It is sometimes a fractured narrative with phrases disappearing off the edges, and yet the collection also balances between the exhibit of preciseness use of language and a deeper observation of human behaviour at close range through observing it all like a camera.


ISBN 9781779314871  | 226 pages | 210 x 148 mm | 2023 | Mwanaka Media and Publishing, Zimbabwe | Paperback




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