Kuseremane. Kuseremane. Kuseremane. The name whose whispers turns friends into strangers, allies into enemies, relatives into snitches. Weight of Whispers by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is a tragic tale of a tall Rwandese prince whose fortunes are changed within five days of the death of two presidents. One can become an exile and refugee in a matter of time it seems. It is the utmost irony in a narrative we’ve known only one way about .
What a beautiful journey. From the seeming encumbrance of metered school life in South Africa the to the sights, sounds and people of home, Binyavanga details in his short story the (re)discovery of home, one’s roots, one’s people, in a very descriptive, witty, engaging and emotive style. Discovering Home is 13 months of a trip back home laid down in an enjoyable 4-chapter short story. In fact, he says little about South Africa except .
I’ll be honest. I’ve never read a short story collection this short. It was only three stories long, and fit on 48-A6 size pages. In general, a forty minute read worth of tongue-in-cheek reflection about Africa and the people who write about Africa or want to be a part of it. Two of the stories are by Caine Prize Winner Binyavanga Wainana. The title story “How to Write About Africa” is a satirical but .