House of Stone

House of Stone

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Bukhosi has gone missing. His father, Abed, and his mother, Agnes, cling to the hope that he has run away, rather than been murdered by government thugs. Only the lodger seems to have any idea. Zamani has lived in the spare room for years now. Quiet, polite, well-read and well-heeled, he's almost part of the family - but almost isn't quite good enough for Zamani. Cajoling, coaxing and coercing Abed and Agnes into revealing their sometimes tender, often brutal life stories, Zamani aims to steep himself in borrowed family history, so that he can fully inherit and inhabit its uncertain future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 166 x 241 x 37mm | 655g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1786493160
  • 9781786493163
  • 45,380

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[A] beautiful interweaving of personal and national history. * Panashe Chigumadzi, Guardian * House of Stone is that rare thing, a truly original work of art whose author's risk taking pays off on the page. Zamani is a complex, compelling and ambiguous narrator. Utterly stunning. * Tendai Huchu, author of 'The Hairdresser of Harare' * Easily the best debut I've read this year, Tshuma's novel is both hilarious and horrifying, filled with compassion, anger and despair. * Culturefly * House of Stone is a remarkable novel, using the intimacy of personal narratives to sculpt the history of Zimbabwe for the contemporary reader. Tshuma has shown a rare talent for creating blisteringly real characters, somehow cementing their authenticity in the unreliable histories narrated by Zamani. * The Skinny * This stunning novel weaves together the personal and national history in a compelling narrative about the bloody birth of modern Zimbabwe. The legacy of colonial Rhodesia and borrowed family history seamlessly intertwine in this politically conscious family saga. * Bookriot * An enthralling novel that has it all: pathos, humour, and an insightful engagement with the history of Zimbabwe. With audacious style, Tshuma manages to step over the pitfalls that would swallow a lesser talent, and in so doing announces herself as a huge talent. * Brian Chikwava * Tshuma's writing is smart, original, feisty, brutal and gorgeous. She hits the perfect note on every single page in this gripping novel about history, belonging and power. This is the work of an incredible, incredible talent. * Chika Unigwe * Tshuma writes in an arresting and trenchant prose that shows a gifted artist at work -- NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names Tshuma's ambitious debut tells the story of the country's bloody, complicated past. A captivating tale, driven by deceit, family lies and a single-minded goal. * Emerald Street * Courageous and probing. * LA Review of Books * Between laughter and tears and pride and anxiety and gratitude and straight-up awe, this book about Zimbabwe's unpast past and present couldn't have happened to us at a better moment. What a timely, resonant gift. The name is Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, don't say you were not told. * NoViolet Bulawayo * Novuyo Tshuma writes with an equal commitment to Joycean formal inventiveness and political conscience, and the result is absolutely thrilling. * Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You *
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About Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma grew up in Zimbabwe, and has lived in South Africa and the USA. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her short fiction has been featured in numerous anthologies, and she was awarded the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize for the best literary work in English.
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