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In a Zimbabwe village, in the late nineteenth century, amidst disturbing reports of strangers on their land, people gather to perform ceremonies to weclome a new-born. They call her Nehanda, and she had come bearing signs of specialness. When Nehanda grows into a young woman the nature of her gift finally becomes evident. She has been chosen by the ancestral spirits to inspire a war against the invaders, who have attained a strangehold on the land. And so the course of events unfolds, leading to its inevitable conclusion.

Told in beautifully lucid and evocative prose, this is the story of a people’s first meeting with colonialism.

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