A Hole In The Air

Author:

Lazarus Panashe Nyagwambo

Title:

A Hole In The Air

Publisher:

Carnelian Heart Publishing

Nataka Books Reviews: 

A Hole In The Air

'A Hole In The Air' is another excellent collection of short stories from debut author Lazarus Panashe Nyagwambo who has published in numerous literary magazines including Afreada, Kalahari Review, but for the first time brings us this highly introspective, thought-provoking, cerebral and at times hilarious collection of short stories set mostly in modern day Zimbabwe.


In 'Secondhand Emotion' close friends are shown to become too close so that they can pull apart. This is an excellent exploration of this absurdity of life and ever changing relationships, competition and confusion between Kudzi, Rudo and Simba. Lazarus is a writer of conscience who engages, entertains but above all questions through storytelling !


-- Review by Nataka Books

Nataka Books Full Review: 

A Hole In The Air

Carnelian Heart Publishing have released a number of timely and welcome collection of short stories, anthologies and novels which bring previously untold stories to all. 'A Hole In The Air' is another excellent collection of short stories from debut author Lazarus Panashe Nyagwambo who has published in numerous literary magazines including Afreada, Kalahari Review, but for the first time brings us this highly introspective, thought-provoking, cerebral and at times hilarious collection of short stories set mostly in modern day Zimbabwe.


The writing style is reflective, invites the reader to questions assumptions, revel in the art of story telling within a clear intellectually challenging and at times political framework. Most of the stories capture events and observations in Zimbabwe, examine the human condition as it exists anywhere on the planet, and draws the reader in for reflection. Every single story left us thinking about the issue raised.


'A Family Meeting' was our favourite story. Lazarus' prose puts the reader in the front room as a family confrontation unfolds pitching tradition against modernity with the characters restling for relevance. Tradition becomes the tool and sancuaty for some whist the protagonist, Prudence yearns for change and emancipation. The clash of cultures works well as a central theme and this story is gripping. It could easily be developed into a much longer story.


Lazarus explores the themes of friendship and loneliness, adolescence and coming of age, the joys and freedom juxtaposed with the reckless adolescence of youth, and some of stories explore the political situations that the countries and peoples find themselves. In 'Boys', Kuda feels harrased to get a new job especially if E.D. has a construction project nearby. We come face to face with a society that functions by proximity and nepotism.


In 'Secondhand Emotion' close friends are shown to become too close so that they can pull apart. This is an excellent exploration of this absurdity of life and ever changing relationships, competition and confusion between Kudzi, Rudo and Simba. Lazarus is a writer of conscience who engages, entertains but above all questions through storytelling !


-- Review by Nataka Books