ISBN 9789956550555
Pages 203
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2019
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Botlhodi: The Abomination

A Postcolonial Setswana Novel by T.J. Pheto

by T.J. Pheto edited by Keith Phetlhe

Botlhodi – The Abomination is a powerful story about British colonialism and its aftermath in Molepolole, Botswana. It is a compelling juxtaposition between Traditional Setswana ways and Christianity. The protagonist, Modiko, finds himself conflicted when both his strict father, a pastor of Motlhaoetla church, and his grandfather, an unapologetic traditionalist, expect him to choose between Setswana tradition and Christianity. Torn between the two worlds, Modiko at the end makes an informed personal decision. The road is not smooth though, as he experiences persecution, bullying, abuse, witchcraft and nightmares along the way. Other characters in the novel engage in some serious conversations that allude to some important historical developments.

In this work, T.J. Pheto presents to his readers a hilarious story pregnant with themes of identity, social change, discrimination, racism, colonialism, love and, ‘tradition’ versus ‘modernity’. This pioneering literary response to British colonialism in Botswana is an outstanding postcolonial fiction of resistance. Pheto’s humor makes the book all the more hard for a reader to put down.

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About the Author

T.J. Pheto

T.J. Pheto is a novelist and teacher from Botswana. He is the author of Botlhodi Jwa Nta ya Tlhogo, hereby translated into English as The Abomination.

About the Editor

Keith Phetlhe

Keith Phetlhe, BA, PGDE, MA, is a poet, teacher and translator. He is a Ph.D candidate in African Literature & Film Studies at Ohio University. His research focuses on postcolonial theory and criticism, African languages and literature.