Huchu drops second novel

BULAWAYO - Caine Prize nominee Tendai Huchu, 32, has released a new novel titled The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician.

The new book by Huchu, whose first novel The Hairdresser of Harare had English, French, German and Italian editions, has been published by Bulawayo-based AmaBooks.

The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician is about three Zimbabweans who struggle to find a place for themselves away from their homeland. The Magistrate tries to create new memories by fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music while the idealistic The Maestro sinks out of the real world, preferring novels and fantasy.

On the other hand, the youthful Mathematician follows a care-free, hedonistic lifestyle, until the universes of the three main characters collide.

AmaBooks publishers’ co-director, Brian Jones described the book as a “worthy read.”

“We are pleased with the response we have had from publishers elsewhere who are interested in the book. It will be translated and published in German,” Jones told the Daily News.

“The stories of the lives of the three distinctive characters are written in styles suited to their respective characters.The magistrate’s sections, as befits his past career in Zimbabwe, is written in formal language; the language in the mathematician’s sections is up-to-date and Americanised, whereas that in the maestro’s is more stream-of consciousness.”

Jones said the book will be available in outlets in Bulawayo and Harare before the end of the year.

The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician has been released a few months after Huchu was nominated for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing which was eventually won by Kenyan Okwiri Oduor.

The 32-year-old Huchu, who is based in the United Kingdom, was nominated for his story The Intervention published last year in an Indian journal Open Road Review.

Huchu’s short fiction and non-fiction has been published in magazines all over the world and the quality of his writing has earned him a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Sacatar Fellowship.

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