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The Hairdresser of Harare

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In a country where homosexuals are condemned by their president as being ‘lower than pigs and dogs, where one could be prosecuted and imprisoned for committing ‘homosexual acts’, comes a story of a young man forced to lead a shadow of a life to avoid the

In a country where homosexuals are condemned by their president as being ‘lower than pigs and dogs', where one could be prosecuted and imprisoned for committing ‘homosexual acts’, comes a story of a young man forced to lead a shadow of a life to avoid the harsh consequences of living openly.

Vimbai, the self proclaimed number one hairdresser in Harare is livid with jealousy when the good looking, smooth-talking Dumisani joins the esteemed Mrs Khumalo’s Hair Salon and snatches the number one spot. Against her better judgement Vimbai soon falls under his infectious charm not knowing that Dumisani holds a shocking secret, one that will turn her views of the world upside-down. The Hairdresser of Harare catapults us into the world of Zimbabwe’s elite society, where stereotypes and prejudices are as abundant as the lavishness. It tactfully tackles the issue of homosexuality that most African literature shies away from.

Like very good dark chocolate, this is a delicious novel with a bitter-sweet flavour. Written with delightful humour and a penetrating eye, this is a novel that will touch and tickle you in equal measure.

 

About the Author
Tendai Huchu
was born in 1982 in Bindura, Zimbabwe. He attended Churchill High School in Harare and from there went to the University of Zimbabwe to study a degree in Mining Engineering in 2001. He dropped out in the middle of the first semester when he discovered that maths had more letters and symbols than it had numbers. Tendai has a great love of literature, in particular the nineteenth century Russian novel. He is now a qualified podiatrist and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

‘A subtle and refreshing story of life in contemporary Harare... a novel of morality, prejudice and ambition told with humour and tragedy.’ – Brian Chikwava author of Harare North

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Author: Tendai Huchu
ISBN: 9781770099074
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431400546
Size (mm): 210x135mm
Pages: 200pp
format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Rights: South Africa
Language: English
Publication Date: 2010-07-30