AUTHOR: Njabulo S Ndebele
PUBLISHER: David Philip
ISBN: 9780864865045
DATE: December 2003

DESCRIPTION: The author portrays four women whose lives have been spent waiting for their men to return, like Odysseus’ Penelope. They question themselves and each other about why they waited and what this waiting did to them. This leads them to imaginary conversations with Winnie Mandela, the most famous of the South African women who waited.

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Read Maya Jaggi’s review “Fallen Idol” in the Guardian 2004