Footprints In the Mists Of Time by Spiwe  N. Mahachi-Harper

Footprints In the Mists Of Time

bySpiwe N. Mahachi-Harper

Kobo ebook | December 13, 2013

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A Zimbabwean story like no other.... 

A story of migration and belonging and heritage, spanning 4 generations that lived through the colonisation of central and southern Africa by Britain. The story of the mostly young men who left what is now Zambia and Malawi to work in the mines and on the farms of what is now Zimbabwe, and whose descendants still bear the label Vabvakure, the people from afar. The story of Mavhuto, born to see the emergence of independent Zimbabwe, who must look back before he can look forward. Back to Dhairesi, his mother, now broken by a life-long quest to belong, his grandfather Masauso who was  born in the community of migrant mineworkers, and his great-grandfather, Bhaureni, who walked those miles from Nuhono Village in Nyasaland. The footprints are still there, in the mists of time.  Never before has the narrative of Those Who Come From Afar been brought to the fore in Zimbabwean literature. 

"The novel, which is essentially about labour migrations in Southern Africa can be read through multiple lenses. There is an extended debate, often couched in broader economic, political and social terms, on the causes and effects of migration on the receiving and sending countries. Spiwe Mahachi-Harper contributes to this debate in novel form- Kupukile Mlambo, Ph.D. (Econ)
Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

"This is going to be an important novel for Zimbabwean literature. Zimbabwean fiction rarely puts the migrant and his offsprings at the centre of the narrative. But here is a novel written from their point of view.", Memory Chirere, The Herald

Title:Footprints In the Mists Of TimeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Spiwe N Mahachi-HarperLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Footprints in the Mists of Time Tells the story of migrants from Malawi and Mozambique who seeking a new life came to work in ghe mines in Rhodesia. It spans 5 generations from colonial times to the inependent Zimbabwe of today. Centred on Patchway Mine near Gaooma - Kadoma it reletes th harsh realities of mine and tribal life and shares the tragedies and dreams of the characters.It is an epic and moving story and presents an Evoctive picture of African life and customs. Well worth a read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-05-02