By Tsitsi Dangarembga

A latest vintage within the African literary canon and voted within the most sensible Ten Africa’s a hundred top Books of the 20 th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization conception the power of women’s rights. a very well-crafted paintings, this booklet is a piece of imaginative and prescient. via its deft negotiation of race, classification, gender and cultural swap, it dramatizes the ‘nervousness’ of the ‘postcolonial’ stipulations that bedevil us nonetheless. In Tambu and the ladies of her relations, we African ladies see ourselves, even if at domestic or displaced, doing day-by-day conflict with our altering international with a mix of tenacity, bewilderment and beauty.

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