"A lovely little collection of stories. Ruzvidzo sets aside the grand social and political themes common in certain African writing. Instead, he captures those understated moments of everyday life. The stories are compelling in their warmth and humor. Even where they explore tragic moments, the humor, drama, and suspense are there to lighten the impact on the reader. Keeps his writing grounded in a way that readers will find relatable." - Brittle Paper
"Ruzvidzo writes on the cutting edge - his characters pawns or kings, depending on the readers' perception. In 'The Order', set in 2023, Ruzvidzo's story of a military takeover of the country reveals some interesting parallels to Zimbabwe's own recent history and new president. His characters live through bullying, love, even deception by a parent, packing a seven-story punch with a bonus ending poem." - Radio France Internationale
"Stories that are bursting from the pages with life and wit, set alight by Ruzvidzo's colourful and heartfelt writing. Ruzvidzo does well to absorb the reader into the worlds he has created - his stories are rooted in the contemporary culture, politics, and landscapes of the nation." - Harare News
From the Author
You published a book - well done! How did you get here?
It's meant to be longer, actually. I've been writing these, and other, stories for years now. I decided that it was time to get some of them out, and test the waters to see if there's a market for my own special brand of nonsense.
Your stories are often set in Harare, and deal in a very poetic manner with the collapse of the city due to corruption, poverty and even war. Are you forecasting or warning your readers?
It's very tricky to see how Zimbabwe is decaying and having nothing to say on the matter. A few times, when I do look towards the future, it is based on what I see happening in the present.
We see the world through the eyes of rebellious and often quite isolated characters with a disgust and fear of a society filled with bad people and their victims. Do you identify with the heroes in your stories?
I actually don't identify with the concept of a "hero" per se. I think what we see now as a hero, is just an ordinary or flawed or frightened human being, who when faced with impossible circumstances just decided to do either the right thing or the necessary thing.
Short stories are often the gateway to full length novels - can we expect more from you?
Funny story is I have been working on a novel for nearly ten years, and I was even very close to finishing and publishing that a couple of years ago.
I've shelved it for now, but I do have some ideas bouncing around in my head. In fact, a couple of the stories in Behind Enemy Lines could end up being full-length.
It just takes a lot of time, and I just need to remain fed and irrigated while I thrash a novel out.