‘A brilliant, 400-page post-colonial fable . . . Bulawayo dares us, and the citizens of all Jidadas everywhere, to reimagine what our nations could someday become’ Violet Kupersmith, New York Times Book Review
Glory is an energy burst, an exhilarating joyride. It is the story of an uprising, told by a bold, vivid chorus of animal voices that helps us see our human world more clearly
A long time ago, in a bountiful land not so far away, the animal denizens lived quite happily. Then the colonisers arrived. After nearly a hundred years, a bloody War of Liberation brought new hope for the animals — along with a new leader. A charismatic horse who commanded the sun and ruled and ruled and kept on ruling. For forty years he ruled, with the help of his elite band of Chosen Ones, a scandalously violent pack of Defenders and, as he aged, his beloved and ambitious young donkey wife, Marvellous.
But even the sticks and stones know there is no night ever so long it does not end with dawn. And so it did for the Old Horse, one day as he sat down to his Earl Grey tea and favourite radio programme. A new regime, a new leader. Or apparently so. And once again, the animals were full of hope . . .
Glory tells the story of a country seemingly trapped in a cycle as old as time. And yet, as it unveils the myriad tricks required to uphold the illusion of absolute power, it reminds us that the glory of tyranny only lasts as long as its victims are willing to let it. History can be stopped in a moment. With the return of a long-lost daughter, a #freefairncredibleelection, a turning tide — even a single bullet.
** A 2022 Book to Look Forward To in the Guardian, The Times, Oprah Daily, Daily Mail **
A brilliant, 400-page post-colonial fable . . . Bulawayo is really out-Orwelling Orwell. This is a satire with sharper teeth, angrier, and also very, very funny . . . this is also a satire in which female characters are not pushed to the margins, but hold he story together . . . Bulawayo dares us, and the citizens of all Jidadas everywhere, to reimagine what our nations could someday become -- Violet Kupersmith * New York Times Book Review * Robert Mugabe is there in all but name in this striking allegory - an Animal Farm that shows how narratives of liberation and self-determination curdle under a dictator's power * Fiction to Look Out For in 2022, Guardian * Praise for NoViolet Bulawayo: 'We Need New Names . . . marks a new beginning, a new shift in the African literary tradition . . . To me, it is a complete novel in terms of aesthetics and politics' -- Mukoma Wa Ngugi, The Rise of the African Novel Praise for NoViolet Bulawayo: 'Shatteringly good' -- ANNE TYLER * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * Praise for NoViolet Bulawayo: 'Heartrending . . . wonderfully original' -- MARGARET BUSBY * INDEPENDENT * Praise for NoViolet Bulawayo: 'Utterly distinctive' -- MICHIKO KAKUTANI * NEW YORK TIMES *
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