By Michael Lamond
ABOUT THE BOOK
Southeast Africa, 1995: the wounds of civil war are still raw, peace is rancorous, reconciliation grudging. It is here, in the steaming Mozambican port city of Beira, a cauldron of venality and intrigue, that Mike, a white Zimbabwean and former soldier, meets Phoebe, a black prostitute.
Deslocado, Portuguese for ‘displaced’, is a story of redemption set in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique in the mid-1990s, a time of nervous energy, opportunity and fear, in a region that has only recently emerged from bitter colonial wars of independence and subsequent civil wars. The peace is delicate and rancorous, racial attitudes coagulate and retribution is borne on the wind of change.