Mapondera, Soldier of Zimbabwe

Solomon Mutswairo


  • Longman
  • Harare
  • 1983
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 116 pages

The book is out of print.


Mapondera: Soldier of Zimbabwe is a the story of the last and greatest fighter of his country against Cecil Rhodes' squatters. Though Mapondera had some exhilarating victories, his even more successful efforts against the marauding Portuguese on the Eastern Frontier (Mozambique) weakened his total effort. Gradually, his forces were worn down and Zimbabwean resistance ended with Mapondera's going on a hunger strike to his death to induce his freedom and that of his people in a British prison in 1907.


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Solomon Mangwiro Mutswairo was a Zimbabwean novelist and poet. He taught at Howard University in the 1970s, wrote and published the first Shona novel in 1956. He died in 2005.