Trials and Tribulations

Spiwe Nancy Mahachi-Harper



A first person narrative by a female protagonist, Mairesi, about life in a mine compound in Zimbabwe, about her growth to adulthood, marriage, and loss. Describes the poverty and deprivation of the people in the mines, indictment of colonialism, and shows how people adapt and survive and try to go on living normal domestic lives.


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Spiwe Nancy Mahachi-Harper was born in Zimbabwe, and is a teacher by profession, with a diploma in French Culture and Civilization from the University of Potiers, as well as degrees from Hillside Teacher’s College and the University of Zimbabwe.