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Behind Enemy Lines is a collection of fictional short stories about ordinary people and anti-heroes dragged into a search for meaning in their lives – whether it is a simple search for identity and love, or a bigger struggle for political freedom. The canvas of their actions, motivations and circumstances is a Zimbabwe of the past, present and future.
Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published February 13th 2017
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Gregor
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I met Joe back in June when we spent a couple of nights in the pub together. We were both living in Montpellier, France, and as a result of this fortuitous encounter he gave me a copy of this collection of short stories, dedicating it to me followed by 'sorry it's shit'. Fortunately, it most certainly isn't. Having just finished it I can say I really enjoyed reading about several shades of experience of life in Zimbabwe from the perspective of a veritable home grown talent. (Though he does insis ...more
Bhekimpilo Ncube
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book with a lot of anticipation given I had seen a glimpse of the author's character by his very polarizing and care free tweets. Glad to say the voice is the same, and as a Zimbabwean I related to a lot of the stories in the collection.

The title story has a massive twist and frankly it is the reason why I read the rest of the book. It is a great introduction that displays the cunning nature of the writer and sets the tone for the suspense in the stories ahead.

Not a bad read overall
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Shona
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick read!

So hey, this was delightful, refreshing, and unexpected. A collection of very different stories (my fave is Behind Enemy Lines, but also really loved Billy). Expected standard AfLit, I suppose; got something set in a different kind of Zim.
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Too much suspense in all stories, leaves the reader with questions. Was not so impressed.
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Ruzvidzo is Zimbabwean and spent his career in the IT and media industries. He is a freelance journalist and graphic designer by day, which allows him to spend his free time writing, playing guitars badly, and barbecuing. He used to live in Harare with his wife, three guitars, two barbecues and a ginger cat named Voldemort; now he wanders the South of France pretending to write a novel.

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