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The hairdresser of Harare

Author: Tendai Huchu
Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2011. ©2010
Series: Modern African writing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs. Khumalo's salon, and she is secure in her status until the handsome, smooth-talking Dumisani shows up one day for work. Despite her resistance, the two become friends, and eventually, Vimbai becomes Dumisani's landlady. He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors, and Vimbai finds that he means more and more to her. Yet, by novel's end, the pair's deepening friendship -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tendai Huchu
ISBN: 9780821421628 082142162X 9780821421635 0821421638
OCLC Number: 911593836
Description: 189 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Modern African writing.
Responsibility: Tendai Huchu.
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"Vimbai is the best hairdresser in Mrs. Khumalo's salon, and she is secure in her status until the handsome, smooth-talking Dumisani shows up one day for work. Despite her resistance, the two become friends, and eventually, Vimbai becomes Dumisani's landlady. He is as charming as he is deft with the scissors, and Vimbai finds that he means more and more to her. Yet, by novel's end, the pair's deepening friendship - used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind - collapses in unexpected brutality. The novel is an acute portrayal of a rapidly changing Zimbabwe. In addition to Vimbai and Dumisani's personal development, the book shows us how social concerns shape the lives of everyday people."--Provided by publisher.

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This sharp, entertaining, and thoughtful debut is rife with sociopolitical commentary but never loses its humanity . Through deceptively simple observations and plain prose, Huchu exposes readers to Read more...

 
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