The Book of Not

Tsitsi Dangarembga



This is a powerful and engaging story about one young woman’s quest to redefine the personal and political forces that threaten to engulf her. As its title suggests, this is also a book about denial and unfulfilled expectations and about the theft of the self that remains one of colonialism’s most pernicious legacies. The novel disrupts any comfortable sense of closure to the dilemmas of colonial modernity explored in Nervous Conditions and as such is a fitting sequel.


The Book of Not is a worthy, perhaps not symmetrical, sequel to Nervous Conditions, but it grandly sets the stage for the final book in the trilogy, which will be set in post-independence Zimbabwe. - Percy Zvomuya


Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author and filmmaker.