Sascam Express

Partridge Africa
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2009. A country (Zimbabwe) is recovering from a crippling inflation. But Laina has lost everything: colleagues, a successful career, family, and the old, safe life. With her niece Junior, a school leaver, they hop from job-seeking to creating jobs to religion and back. A friendship grows between Junior and Zira, a retrenched tourist guide turned pimp. When Laina decides to sell her house in desperation, Zira introduces her to an estate agent whose marriage crumbled when his wife evaporated into the diaspora during the peak of inflation. Together, the unemployed, the underpaid and people with untapped talent became so disgruntled they form a movement, the Sascam Express. In this profoundly moving novel, Masitera handles the weighty themes of deprivation, unemployment, and exploitation with superb lightness and wit. (SASCAM is an acronym for Salisbury Association for the Care of the African Mentally handicapped.)
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About the author

Lilian Masitera’s work includes an anthology of poetry Militant Shadow (1996) and two novellas The Trail (2000) and Start with Me (2011). In 1997, she received the Poet of Merit award from the International Society of Poets, Washington, DC. Some of her poems were translated into German. Masitera holds a degree in mathematics and works as a trainer of mathematics teachers. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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Publisher
Partridge Africa
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Published on
Mar 19, 2016
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781482861662
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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