ISBN 9789996060236
Pages 68
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2017
Publisher Luviri Press, Malawi
Format Paperback

The Hyena Wears Darkness

The impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on African societies steeped in risky cultural customs

by Steve Chimombo

Some people often ignore the fact that writers respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic by using it as a theme in their poetry, fiction, and plays. Steve Chimombo started recording the writers’ responses as early as 1990 and wrote ‘AIDS and the Writer’ in WASI: the magazine for the arts. The article reported the results of a poetry competition organized by the Ministry of Health on the theme, and there have been other competitions also by different institutions since then. Some radio and television programs have also called upon the writer to help in the dissemination of information to their listeners. The Hyena Wears Darkness is the author’s own contribution to the national Malawian campaign to educate the public on the pandemic. Its focus is on those cultural practices which help propagate HIV/AIDS in Malawian society.

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About the Author

Steve Chimombo

Steve Chimombo was born and died in Zomba leaving his wife, daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren. He was educated in Malawi, Wales, England, and the United States of America. He held a doctorate from Columbia University New York, and an Honorary Fellowship in writing from Iowa University. He was Professor Emeritus in English at the University of Malawi. Chimombo was also poet, play write, short story writer, novelist, editor and literary critic.

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