The History of Man
From 2022 Windham Campbell Prize winner Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu
Book 2 in the City of Kings trilogy, including her multiple award-winning debut novel The Theory of FlightSet in a southern African country that is never named, this powerful tale of human fallibility--told with empathy, generosity, and a light touch--is an excursion into the interiority of the colonizer.
Emil Coetzee, a civil servant in his fifties, is washing blood off his hands when the ceasefire is announced. Like everyone else, he feels unmoored by the end of the conflict. War had given him his sense of purpose, his identity. But why has Emil's life turned out so different from his parents', who spent cheery Friday evenings flapping and flailing the Charleston or dancing the foxtrot? What happened to the Emil who used to wade through the singing elephant grass of the savannah, losing himself in it?
Continuing the interconnected stories she began in her award-winning novel The Theory of Flight, Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu explores decades of history through the eyes of one man on his journey from boyhood to manhood, and the changes that befall him through love, loss, and war. With sympathy, complexity, and penetrating insight, The History of Man explores what makes a man, a father, and a nation.
About this Author
Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu is a Windham Campbell Prize winning (2022) writer, filmmaker and academic who holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, as well as master's degrees in African Studies and Film. She has published research on Saartjie Baartman and she wrote, directed and edited the award-winning short film Graffiti. She lives and works in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her debut novel, The Theory of Flight, won the Barry Ronge Prize for fiction in South Africa. The History of Man is her second novel.
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