Christopher Mlalazi’s novel spares no detail of the 1980s atrocities, making it a particularly poignant read after recent elections in ZimbabweI’ve been promising myself that I will read the novel Running With Mother by Zimbabwean writer and playwright Christopher Mlalazi. And finally I did. Nothing, however, could have prepared me for the harrowing narrative that Mlalazi vividly presents, allowing the reader to live – and in some instances, relive – the atrocities of the genocidal Gukurahundi killings of the 1980s.Running With Mother tells the story of 14-year-old Rudo whose schoolgirl life is irrevocably altered by the arrival of forces to her community to exterminate villagers who are said to be Ndebele dissidents – in effect, anyone and everyone who is Ndebele.But Rudo has one “saving grace”. Her mother is Shona.The story takes us through the terror that she experiences in fleeing her home with her mother amid the confusion and severe torture of family and friends. At the same time, it brings to the fore a conversation that is often difficult, and painful, to initiate; that of tribe and tribal relationships in Zimbabwe.I spoke to Mlalazi, who is currently Guest Writer Of The City Of Hanover, in Germany, to learn …read more

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