The much-awaited second novel from one of the most acclaimed Zimbabwean writers of her generation. Following on from Nervous Conditions, Bira traces Tambu’s continuing quest to redefine the personal, political and historical forces that threaten to destroy the fabric of her community.
The Book of Not by Tsitsi Dangarembga
As Zimbabwe emerges into independence, Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her second year at the Young Ladies’ College of the Sacred Heart. Determined to excel, Tambu exhausts herself with her efforts to climb to the top of the school’s honour rolls. The further she pushes herself, however, the farther she feels from any reward; and the roots of colonialism threaten to trip her at every step.
The sequel to Nervous Conditions is as moving, darkly witty, and riveting as its predecessor. Dangarembga’s authorial voice delves into the educational system, the liberation struggle and attitudes of contemporary Zimbabweans in an insightful and incisive examination of a system calculated to poison and destroy the African sense of self.