Fungayi Munyoro Entertainment Reporter
PERSEVERANCE breeds success and success is failure turned inside out. This can aptly describe the success story of Mutare-based musician Penjeni Madzikangava who recently released two novels titled, Tears and Scars and Dungeon of Despair.Tears and Scars officially hit the streets early last month. It was published by the seasoned author, Tatenda Munyuki of Harp Books International while Dungeon of Despair was released late last month.
“It’s a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to be an accomplished author since childhood. I am glad I have begun the journey which might take me to stardom. This is the first step. After all a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,’’ said Madzikangava.
Madzikangava, a former English and Literature teacher at various colleges in Mutare, is a product of Rujeko and Nyamauru High schools in the sprawling suburb of Dangamvura. He also attended Christian College of Southern Africa.
“I started working on the two novels last year. I finally settled for publishers Harp and Books International last month, a move that has culminated in the release of my two novels,’’ he said.
Turning to Tears and Scars takes readers through life in the ghettoes during colonial era. It tackles sexual abuse, how domestic violence was condoned and perpetuated by traditionalists, how blacks were treated by whites as inferior citizens. The book also takes readers through the journey to the second Chimurenga War.
It also touches on the issues of racial segregation and reconciliation. The book is condensed and compacted to cater for both the old and the young generation.
In Dungeon and Despair, the writer takes readers down the memory lane from the 70s up to 2015. The narrator lived in Rhodesia in the late 70s during the second Chimurenga. The novel also dwells on the role played by Africans during Chimurenga, how sell outs were treated by both freedom fighters and soldiers who propped up the Smith regime.