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'A gloriously rambunctious satire of tyranny, oppression and rebellion, with global relevance' Guardian

From the Booker-shortlisted author of We Need New Names, Glory is an energy burst, an exhilarating joyride. It is the story of an uprising, told by a bold, vivid chorus of animal voices that helps us see our human world more clearly

A long time ago, in a bountiful land not so far away, the animal denizens lived quite happily . . .
And then the colonisers arrived, followed by a bloody War of Liberation. New hope came in the form of a charismatic horse who ruled and ruled and kept on ruling. For forty years he ruled, with the help of his elite band of Chosen Ones. Until one day, as he sat down to his Earl Grey tea and favourite radio programme, in came a new leader, a new regime. And once again the animals were full of hope.

Glory tells the story of a country seemingly trapped in a cycle as old as time. At the centre of the tumult is Destiny, a young goat who has returned to her homeland to bear witness to revolution. Her arrival sets off a chain of events that reminds the denizens, and us, that the glory of tyranny only lasts as long as its victims are willing to let it. And that history can be stopped in a moment.

'A novel with heart and energy' Daily Telegraph

'A brilliant post-colonial fable' New York Times

'A fairy tale, a work of satire -- and a warning' New Statesman

'Acerbic, precise, heart-rending and hilarious' Scotsman
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 37mm | 648g
  • Chatto & Windus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784744298
  • 9781784744298
  • 933

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I was very impressed indeed with NoViolet Bulawayo's debut . . . It is therefore a delight to be able to say that Bulawayo's new novel, Glory, is even better and radically different . . . acerbic, precise, heart-rending and hilarious . . . It is brave, and moving, as the citizens learn, slowly, to be unafraid. Bulawayo invites you to suspend disbelief in order that you believe
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Allegory, satire and fairytale rolled into one mighty punch -- Sarah Ladipo Manyika * Guardian * Brave, and moving -- Stuart Kelly * Scotsman * Vital and universal -- Hepzibah Anderson * Observer * Few writers can engineer a sentence like NoViolet Bulawayo -- Lucie Shelly * Irish Times * Bulawayo is really out-Orwelling Orwell. This is a satire with sharper teeth, angrier, and also very, very funny -- Violet Kupersmith * New York Times Book Review * Glory revels in the absurd but offers a terrifying vision of political disintegration for readers today * Financial Times *Summer Reads of 2022* * An urgent and engaging meditation on the farce of totalitarianism and the struggle of those who live under it to forge something better * i * Glory is a witty and moving tribute to the people of Zimbabwe and their history * Literary Review * Bulawayo broaches what it means to fight for democracy and call somewhere home in a timely and imaginative way . . . A memorable, funny and yet serious allegory about a country's plight under tyranny and what individual and collective freedom means in an age of virtual worlds and political soundbites -- Franklin Nelson * Financial Times * It delivers, over the course of 400 pages of wordplay and animal magic, a surprisingly warm, intimate and, yes, human feeling -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times * You thought you were getting a novel as good as We Need New Names . . . Glory is even more dazzling . . . Calls to mind other great storytellers such as Herta Muller, Elif Shafak and Zimbabwean compatriot Yvonne Vera -- Sarah Ladipo Manyika * Guardian * Bulawayo's tale of dictatorship and oppression explores the exaltation and downfall of a would-be savior * The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2022, Oprah Daily * Robert Mugabe is there in all but name in this striking allegory - an Animal Farm that shows how narratives of liberation and self-determination curdle under a dictator's power * Fiction to Look Out For in 2022, Guardian *
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About NoViolet Bulawayo

NOVIOLET BULAWAYO grew up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. When she was eighteen, she moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her first novel, We Need New Names, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Guardian First Book Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and won a Betty Trask Award, Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, the Etisalat Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. She has also won the Caine Prize for African Writing and a National Book Award's '5 Under 35'. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she taught fiction. She currently writes full-time, from wherever she finds herself.
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298 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 33% (97)
4 37% (110)
3 20% (61)
2 7% (21)
1 3% (9)
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