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The Mourning Bird (Paperback) Loot Price: R191
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The Mourning Bird (Paperback)

Mubanga Kalimamukwento

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Winner of the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for 2019.

When 11-year-old Chimuka and her younger brother, Ali, find themselves orphaned in the 1990s, it’s clear that their seemingly ordinary Zambian family is brimming with secrets, from HIV/AIDS, to infidelity, to suicide. Faced with the difficult choice of living with their abusive extended family or slithering into the dark underbelly of Lusaka’s streets, Chimuka and Ali escape and become street kids.

Against the backdrop of a failed military coup, election riots and a declining economy, Chimuka and Ali are raised by drugs, crime and police brutality. As a teenager, Chimuka is caught between prostitution and the remnants of the fragile stability that existed before her parents’ death.

The Mourning Bird is not just Chimuka’s story, it’s a national portrait of Zambia in an era of strife. With lively and unflinching prose, Kalimamukwento paints a country’s burden, shame and silence, which, when juxtaposed with Chimuka’s triumph, forms an empowering debut novel.


Imprint: Jacana Media
Release date: May 2019
Authors: Mubanga Kalimamukwento
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 193
ISBN-13: 978-1-4314-2902-8
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 1-4314-2902-3
Barcode: 9781431429028

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