Seven authors pen a novel

Crispen Ndlovu

Crispen Ndlovu

BULAWAYO-BORN author Crispen Ndlovu (27) is penning a unique political satire novel with six other authors titled Sleeping with the Enemy which is set to be launched in December.


He said to Southern Eye Lifestyle: “We are writing an English novel called Sleeping with the Enemy. My idea is highly satiric and looks at recent political developments like ‘gamatox’ versus ‘weevils’, the rise of certain politicians and basically marginalisation and unemployment.”

Ndlovu said the novel would have 14 chapters and so far seven have been completed. The novel will handle seven points of view as each author will present independent and autonomous ideas in the narrative.

“Many voices are appearing in the narrative. Each person would write a chapter and send it to the next person to write their own chapter,” he said.

Some themes expressed in the novel include power, love and courage.

Ndlovu is working with Precious Sibanda, Eunice Ndlovu, Phillip Sithole, Joseph Juma May from Kenya and two others.

He recently launched political satire Guveya in Bulawayo and in Harare which has opened debate about the Gukurahundi genocide. He penned a Ndebele book titled Selibona Nya! – a political satire that looks at the post-colonial era in Zimbabwe.

Besides being an author, Ndlovu is a photojournalist and has been invited to join photojournalists from all around the world in Madagascar to snap cameras at national sites in that country for a photo exhibition.

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