It is neither a mean feat to complete a debut novel that commands positive reviews from international publications nor is it enough. Yvonne Adhiambo’s “Dust” also got shortlisted for The Folio Prize, besides being cited as a notable book on Washington Post. Recently it was officially translated into German. Such honour is for Yvonne to claim. For a lady who is gaining more grounds in the literary space, it started with a short story “Weight of Whispers” which won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing.
“Dust” unearths the buried memories of atrocities that were committed during the colonial era and that were and have ‘settled’ in collective silence and national amnesia.
Yvonne does this by means of awakening the 2007 post-election violence through a family’s story. The vile memories of the colonial times in Kenya are not recounted but re-lived in the narrative that details a family’s account of pain, betrayal love and grief during the post-election violence.
The unforgettable choice of characters shed light on these themes that “Dust” puts across.