AFRIKULT.’S OVERALL RATING:
This truly captures the spirit of ‘new writing’ within the African literary genre. The Hairdresser of Harare by the Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu illuminates the socio-political and cultural conditions of present day Zimbabwe. Through the heartbreaking friendship of Dumisani, a wealthy young man and Vimbai a struggling single mother; a set of complex political, economic and social relations unique to the country’s history of independence unfolds. Huchu’s remarkable ability to bequeath to the narrative an elegant simplicity of language and light easy humour makes The Hairdresser of Harare an astonishing read.