Chairman of Fools

Shimmer Chinodya

 

Synopsis

Chairman of Fools explores the plight of Farai Chari, a supposedly successful writer, professor and self-acclaimed artist, living in an African culture in which tradition weighs heavy and middle class aspirations are crude. Farai yearns for a world in which men and women can freely associate with one another and gratify their passions without moral chastisement.

Review

This novel is a dark, and at times depressing representation of the despair that can consume, but also demonstrates the very real effects of the pressure often put on male heads of family. - Karoline Kemp, Pambazuka

Author

Shimmer Chinodya is a prolific Zimbabwean writer who was born in 1957 in Gweru. Most of his novels have been prescribed set books in southern Africa.