Campaign to help Mungoshi launched

HARARE - Celebrated Zimbabwean author Charles Mungoshi’s family seeks to sell 1 000 copies of his latest book Branching Streams Flow in the Dark to help raise money to take the renowned writer to the United Kingdom for medical help.

Charles Mungoshi Junior, the son of the revered writer who has been unwell for some time, told the Daily News that the 2013 book will be sold through a mobile book store under the initiative dubbed “Campaign Book Sale.”

“We are aiming at pushing 1 000 copies as a way of not only amplifying the character of Charles Mungoshi but also assist in funding his medical treatment,” said the young Mungoshi who launched five motivational books at a Harare hotel recently.

The rising motivational writer added that Branching Streams Flow in the Dark had not registered significant sales ever since it was launched three years ago.

“Wherever you go in the country, you will meet people who may have studied or at least read a book by Charles Mungoshi in their educational careers. Some of his books have been set books in schools, colleges and universities but because of piracy, these have not rewarded him much,” he said.

The young writer is hopeful that Zimbabweans will rally behind the initiative.

“We know times are difficult, but we are not going out with a begging bowl. We are saying get a copy of Mungoshi’s book and you would have helped in a great way in getting him up and about again. We have received a lot of enquiries online and hope these will generate actual purchases,” said the young writer.

The award-winning Mungoshi  is one of few Zimbabwean writers who write across languages as well as major genres of prose, poetry and drama. His titles include Coming of the Dry Season (1972), Ndiko Kupindana Kwamazuva (1975), Waiting for the Rain (1975), Makunun’unu Maodzamoyo (“Brooding Breeds Despair”; 1977), Inongova Njake Njake (1980), Kunyarara Hakusi Kutaura? (1983), The Setting Sun and Rolling World (1987), Stories from a Childhood (1989), One Day Long Ago: More Stories from a Shona Childhood (1991), Walking Still (short stories; 1997), The Milkman Doesn’t Only Deliver Milk (1998) and Branching Streams flow in the Dark (2013).

The arts seem to flow in the Mungoshi family’s DNA. Jesesi, mother to Mungoshi Jnr, is an accomplished actress who acted as Neria in the 1993 film of the same name. Mungoshi Jnr himself recently unveiled five inspirational titles early this month namely; The Curse of Being Young and Successful: Inspired by the Life of Chamu Chiwanza, Falls for the Top, Madhiri Ecash, Inspirations from Lack on the Road to Abundance and Snippets of my Versatile Mind.

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