The Death of Rex Nhongo: A Novel

C. B. George


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


In Zimbabwe's capital, a gun left in a taxi brings together five marriages in this intricate and tightly plotted novel. This is the story of five marriages and one gun. A British couple wonders at the unknowable city beyond their guarded compound while they build walls between themselves. An American suspects his new home is having an insidious effect on his 'African queen' and their young daughter. An enthusiastic young intellectual follows his wife to the city and finds only disillusion. An Intelligence Officer loses a crucial piece of evidence. It will cost him his marriage, his girlfriend, and maybe his life. An impoverished taxi driver and his wife find a gun in the cab. From this point on, all their lives are tied to the trigger. In this tender and brutal portrait of Zimbabwe, the betrayals and conspiracies of the corrupt world are nothing compared to those of marriage.


This is a brilliantly unsettling book; it's shrewd, measured, darkly atmospheric prose describes the societal, familial, and psychological conditions that make it possible to find burnt corpses in fire-proof houses. ― Helen Oyeyemi


C. B. George has spent many years working throughout Southern Africa. He now lives in London.