ISBN 9781779223432
Pages 88
Dimensions 216 x 140mm
Published 2018
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Junctions

by Daniel Mandishona

Junctions is Daniel Mandishona’s second collection of short stories, following White Gods Black Demons (Weaver Press, 2009). Again, he quarries the richness and variety of Zimbabwean lives to deliver characters and narratives spanning the social spectrum: political ambition and violence; beggars on city streets; family disputes at funerals; rural journeys peppered with mishaps; corrupt policemen and born-again prophets; bus accidents, and township tailors. But if his subjects reect grim realities, Mandishona’s treatment of his characters is achieved with a wonderful sardonic irony, capacious enough to give even the worst offenders a large humanity.

The book concludes with Edmore Chidzonga, an unemployed graduate, reflecting on the new dispensation promised by the 2017 change of national leadership: He remembered how his late grandfather often told him that tsuro haipone rutsva kaviri; a hare can only escape a bush re once. He had spent six years protesting. … For the first time, he felt he had no future.

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About the Author

Daniel Mandishona

Daniel Mandishona is an architect. He was born in Harare in 1959 and brought up by his maternal grandparents in Mbare township (then known as Harari township). In 1976 he was expelled from Goromonzi Secondary School and lived in London from 1977-1992. He first studied Graphic Design then Architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London. He now has his own practice in Harare. His first short story, ‘A Wasted Land’ was published in Contemporary African Short Stories (Heineman, 1992).

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