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Of Beasts and Beings

Amidst the devastation of an African country in the final stages of collapse, militia seize an innocent captive and force him into slavery.

Meanwhile, a lonely white schoolteacher struggles with personal demons and the hardships of everyday life in modern Zimbabwe.

As each attempts to survive these uncertain times, the deeper effects of history and memory emerge, with devastating consequences... Powerful, provocative and timely, with a startling twist, Of Beasts and Beingsis an unforgettable portrait of two souls -- and a nation -- in turmoil.


Ian Holding is a 31-year-old white Zimbabwean schoolteacher based in Harare, where he continues to live, work and write. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Unfeeling, was published in 2005 and shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (March 31, 2011)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781849830140