ISBN 9781779220318
Pages 76
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2005
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Sketches of High Density Life

by Wonder Guchu

Sketches of High Density Life by Wonder Guchu was named Best First Book by the 2005 Zimbabwe Publishers' Association Literary Awards.

Harare has been pulling people into its environs for well over a century. The city’s townships are inhabited by strangers and old acquaintances, hardened old-timers and naive newcomers, who embrace a mixture of languages, traditions and confusions. Wonder Guchu sketches some of these land- and cityscapes, where rumour, reality and urban myth converge. Who was killed to the strains of ‘the lion sleeps tonight...’? Where do the ghosts under the bridges live? Who was murdered beside the house with a blue door?

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'The anthology captures the whole range and texture of the ghetto experience as Guchu delineates the life of ordinary people seeking to humanise their space and make ends meet despite all the odds staked against them'.

The Sunday Mirror, Zimbabwe

' apt description of difficult but never superficial lives in the townships of Harare. One learns a great deal in a short time from these sketches.'

Multicultural Review

About the Author

Wonder Guchu

Wonder Guchu is currently a journalist with The Herald newspaper in Harare. He was born in 1969 near Mvurwi and trained as a teacher of English at Gweru Teachers' College between 1988 and 1990. He subsequently spent five years teaching Masvingo and six in Harare. By this time he had been writing stories and poems for nine years, some of which were published in The Sunday Mail magazine, Tsotso and Moto. He also reviewed books for The Masvingo Star, The Independent, Parade, The Herald, The Sunday Standard and The Daily News, and was the music critic for the now defunct Masvingo Tribune. His writing features also in Writing Still. New Stories from Zimbabwe (Weaver Press, 2003). He is married with two children. 

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