The Non-Believer's Journey

Stanley Nyamfukudza

 

The book is out of print.

Synopsis

The novella The Non-Believer’s Journey is set during the Zimbabwe war for independence. The anti-hero Sam, a teacher, faces his ambivalence toward the conflict, ultimately leading to a dead end. Increasingly discontented with work, drink, and sexual adventure, he returns home for the funeral of his uncle, a victim of the war, and is forced toward a decision about his role in the national struggle. The ending, at once violent and inconclusive, makes a strong case for the absence of middle political ground, a place not possible for selfish individual action in the disappearing status quo.

Review

The writing itself is simple and direct, unblinking in its treatment of how race, politics, family, tradition, sex, and intentionality can all be sources of victimization. - Dr Bill Knox, The Mirror & The Lamp

Author

Stanley Nyamfukudza is a Zimbabwean writer and former publishing director at College Press.