For Honour and Other Stories by S.O. Kenani
01 Aug 2011
In the tradition of short-story greats like Chekhov and Grace Paley, Malawian writer S.O. Kenani examines weighty subjects with a light touch.
Delicately balancing humour and pathos, he introduces us to the inhabitants of Chipiri, a village where everything begins under the kachere tree. From Mr Kachingwe, willing to enthral you with his outrageous views on homosexuality for the price of a tot, and Zione, following her dream of becoming an au pair in Europe; to Mark who accidentally lands in a civil war in ‘Nileland’ during a plane crash, and Sister Fire arriving to adopt a Malawian child, these characters will delight and captivate you.
Though many leave the village, they always return. Some stay; others share their stories of hardship and success before heading off on another adventure.
“A fabulous collection of stories that looks at life in one of the forgotten corners of the world. This is accomplished writing of the first order. Kenani is a writer to watch.” – Ron Irwin, University of Cape Town
“Deceptively simple” – J.M. Coetzee on the short story “For Honour” in 2007