Butterfly Burning

Yvonne Vera


The book is out of print.


This deceptively lean work presents a history and a community that reach back to 1896, when Fumbatha's father and sixteen other men were hanged for opposing white rule in Zimbabwe. Fumbatha is born the same year that his father is hanged and is fifty years old when the story opens. He meets the very young Phephelaphi on the Umguza River, and she moves in with him at Sidojiwe E2, the longest street in Makokoba township in Bulawayo.


In Butterfly Burning her style is characteristically rich in description, lean on dialogue, and explosive with content, powerfully presenting society's taboos and the mores of township life. This newest novel is a compelling work of fiction. - Adele S. Newson, World Literature Today


Yvonne Vera was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are firmly rooted in Zimbabwe's difficult past.