Fallen Candle


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In “Fallen Candle,” Busisekile Khumalo weaves a gripping tale of a young woman’s journey from betrayal and tradition in Tsholotsho to the trials of immigrant life in Bulawayo and Johannesburg. Through her eyes, the novel exposes the abuse of women in marriages, the exploitation of immigrant women, and socioeconomic struggles in Zimbabwe. This poignant narrative confronts the complexities of love, loss, and societal injustice, offering a compelling exploration of resilience amidst adversity.

In “Fallen Candle,” Busisekile Khumalo crafts a poignant narrative of resilience and redemption amidst the backdrop of betrayal and tradition. The story follows a young woman who, disillusioned by loss and stifling tradition, flees her homeland, only to discover that the intricacies of love and loss transcend borders.

Set against the patriarchal tapestry of Tsholotsho and the urban landscapes of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and Johannesburg, South Africa, the novel unveils the trials faced by widows in the black community and the exploitation endured by immigrant women. It sheds light on the socioeconomic struggles of Zimbabwe, particularly in Bulawayo during the tumultuous period from 2008 to 2019.

Through vivid storytelling, Busisekile Khumalo delves into the complexities of marital abuse, widowhood, and the societal hierarchies that perpetuate injustice. The narrative also explores the exploitation prevalent in the fast-food industry and the marginalization experienced by different tribal groups in Zimbabwe.

As the protagonist navigates the labyrinth of her experiences, readers are confronted with the harsh realities of life for women in patriarchal societies and the challenges faced by immigrants seeking refuge and opportunity. “Fallen Candle” serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit and a poignant exploration of the lines imposed on Africans by tradition, exploitation, and socioeconomic disparities.


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