The Hairdresser of Harare

The Hairdresser of Harare

Book - 2010
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Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs. Khumalo's salon, and she is secure in her status until the handsome, smooth-talking Dumisani shows up one day for work. Despite her resistance, the two become friends, and eventually, Vimbai becomes Dumisani's landlady. He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors, and Vimbai finds that he means more and more to her. Yet the pair's deepening friendship collapses in unexpected brutality.
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, ©2010
ISBN: 9780821421635
Branch Call Number: HUCHU
Characteristics: 189 pages ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
Aug 23, 2017

A comedy of manners, this book tells a straightforward story but gives some idea of Zimbabwe - very corrupt, anti-gay, poor.

LPL_KateG Mar 01, 2016

Tendai Huchu writes with a sparse style that still manages to convey a lot of emotion. I found the storyline to be fairly predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Zimbabwe is portrayed with a keen eye to detail; the place is definitely a character in this story.

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brangwinn
Jan 02, 2016

Sometimes non-fiction just doesn’t carry the emotion of history. This story of contemporary Zimbabe under Robert Mugabe does a much better job showing the challenges of living under the rule of a crazy man, particularly if you are a gay man, the son of a wealthy compatriot of Mugabe. This was compelling reading, recommended reading for anyone interested in African politics.

cvidor Jun 03, 2015

Funny, harrowing, utterly engaging story set in post-independence Harare. Two vulnerable people struggle, fail, and finally succeed, at a huge cost, in understanding each other. The reader sees the appalling effects of Mugabe's disastrous economic policies in one man's hand-written copy of a book about philosophy (he cannot afford the actual book), in the lines for food and basic services, in the blasted out former gardens and parks, and in the tattered, dirty flag hanging limply over a city square. Unmissable if you have any interest in Zimbabwe, and also if you don't.

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