The Colours that Blind

Rutendo Tavengerwei



Tumi desperately wants to make the Zimbabwean national swimming team. Only in swimming does he escape the hatred and exclusion that his albinism brings him. But when he has to stay with his grandmother for a while, the trauma of the terrible thing that happened to him in the past comes rushing back. Can Ambuya help Tumi by revealing her own shocking past - a story riddled with racial hatred in war-torn Rhodesia, featuring murder and an illegal love? And what of Tumi's suspicions that she was involved in his nightmare?


[Tavengerwei] flexes her storytelling muscles, weaving two tales from different times together, with pace, confidence and beautiful writing . . . Easy detail, authentic dialogue, nuance and humour . . . ― The Times


Rutendo Tavengerwei received an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She works at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.