The Cockroach Dance

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HM Books, Apr 1, 2008 - 196 pages
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Dusman Gonzaga lives in a squalid apartment block overrun by poverty and cockroaches. The crumbling building is owned by Tumbo Kubwa, a mindless slum lord with a heart of stone, and occupied by a strange mix of characters; from garbage collectors to hawkers, from conmen to witch doctors, from wise men to mad men. In this crazy world of wild adventures and appalling poverty, Dusman tries to organize the tenants to boycott paying rent in a desperate move to force the landlord to heed their cries. Dusman, however, finds himself alone against the landlord. Afraid that the landlord will summon the police to evict them as promised, his neighbours beg out of the confrontation, pleading special, personal circumstances. But Dusman hatches a plot so diabolical they cannot chicken out of the fight. The Cockroach Dance is the story of one man's resistance to intimidation and exploitation by the 'haves' in a world of 'have-nots' and 'faceless ones'. 'Meja Mwangi spins a fascinating tale of one man's revolt against exploitation'. The Daily Nation

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User Review  - Gordon Oliver - Goodreads

I found this book while traveling in Kenya and totally loved it. Dark in places, but with plenty of comic relief. It seems to portray the reality of Kenya (when I was there) extremely well. Read full review

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

Another of my all-time faves. This one gets better every time I read it. As with most of my faves, I know there are studious and serious interpretations, but I'm not that deep. I can appreciate the sheer humor, descriptive prose and ridiculous scenarios. Poverty can be hilarious! Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Meja Mwangi began his writing career in the 1970s. When he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick in 1973, Mwangi was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation. Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing novels, short stories, children's books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi's works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of his novels.

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