Grace and Other Stories

Grace and Other Stories
by Bongani Sibanda
This collection of short stories explores the �survival of the fittest� in the hardship and poverty of a remote village in Matabeleland. Bongani Sibanda draws his characters and their situations with a sardonic eye and caustic humour. Sibanda satirises churches which enrich their leaders with the tithes of the poor, and draws our attention to self-proclaimed pastors who use the �gospel of nationalism and patriotism� to persuade their congregants to desist from supporting opposition politics. The church is also a source of the villagers� weekly entertainment, with its cleansing ceremonies and the interrogation of witches: belief has a place, but so too does theatre. Patriarchy, family hierarchies, and the traditional position of women and children, all fall under Sibanda�s wry but compassionate scrutiny. We feel an intimacy with the villagers as we learn about how they cope: with no self-pity, little ambition, but a fierce determination to survive.


ISBN: 9781779223104
Publication Date: 02/11/2016
Imprint: Weaver Press