‘WE NEED NEW NAMES’ – A REVIEW

Violet Bulwayo – the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing Winner – tells an intriguing story of heritage in We Need New Names.

Her characters have the most hilarious names – Darling, Bastard, Godknows, to name a few!

Set largely in Zimbabwe, this novel follows the life of Darling. A young Zimbabwean girl brought mostly by her mother. With the literary penmanship of Caine Prize winner, Violet Bulwayo tasks her characters with exploring pertinent societal issues. What with brain drain, racism, far-reaching effects of colonialism, sexuality and identity. 

Peppered with generous doses of humor and an undeniable streak of Africanism this novel is worth the read. 

Dig in!  

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