Fiction. African & African American Studies. New Edition with an introduction by M G Vassanji. In the late nineteenth century white settlers and administrators arrive to occupy the African country of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). Nehanda, a village girl, is recognized through omens and portents as a saviour. The resulting uprising by the Africans is brutally crushed but looks forward to the war of independence that succeeded a century later. Told in lucid, poetic prose, this is a gripping story about the first meeting of a people with their colonizer.
Yvonne Vera was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her works WHY DON'T YOU CARVE OTHER ANIMALS and NEHANDA were short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Award Africa Region in 1993 and 1994, respectively.Author City: CAN