Zimbabwe, the late nineteenth century. In a village, amidst disturbing reports of strangers come to settle on their land, people gather to perform ceremonies to welcome a new-born. They call her Nehanda, and she has come bearing signs of specialness. When Nehanda grows into a young woman the nature of her gift finally becomes evident. She has been chosen by the ancestral spirits to inspire a war against the invaders who have attained a stranglehold on the land. And so the course of events unfolds, leading to its inevitable conclusion. Told in beautifully lucid and evocative prose, this is the story of a people''s first meeting with colonialism.


[Vera's] evocative novel is imbued with a sense of passionate intimacy, a love of her country and her people that gives her language a lyric intensity. - Brinda Bose, 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.