Synopses & Reviews
Fiction. African American Studies. Set in Yvonne Vera's native country of Zimbabwe, NEHANDA tells the story of a late nineteenth century village where a young woman has been given a divine calling: the gift to inspire a war. Told in beautifully lucid and evocative prose, this is the portrait of resistance and struggle, a tale of a people's first meeting with colonialism. A stunning, beautiful and poetic novel. --The Herald (Zimbabwe)
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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.
In a Zimbabwe village, in the late nineteenth century, amidst disturbing reports of strangers on their land, people gather to perform ceremonies to wecome a new-born. They call her Nehanda, and she had come bearing signs of specialness. When Nehanda grows into a young woman the nature of her gift finaly becomes evident. She has been chosen by the ancestral spirits to inspire a war against the invaders, who have attined a strangehold on the land. And so the course of events unfolds, leading to its inevitable conclusion.
Told in beautifully lucid and evocative prose, this is the story of a people's first meeting with colonialism.
..". crisp and touching ... restrained and well-focused, "Nehanda" is a careful presentation of the powers of leadership and continuity which come to the fore in threatening times."
- Spehen Gray, "The Weekly Mail & Guardian" (South Africa)
"A stunning, beautiful and poetric novel." - "The Herald" (Zimbabwe)