CC author Tim (T E) Taylor looks at the career of Robert Mugabe and compares him to Carlos Almanzor, the dictator in Tim’s novel Revolution Day.
I was on holiday last month when I heard about the end of Robert Mugabe’s long rule over Zimbabwe. It seemed like an obvious cue for another in my occasional series of posts looking at historical dictators and comparing them to Carlos Almanzor, fictional dictator in my novel Revolution Day. Other things got in the way for a while, but I’ve finally managed to make time to do it.
Robert Mugabe was born in 1924 in Katuma, in the then British colony of Southern Rhodesia. His father was from Nyasaland (now Malawi) and his mother was a Shona, the predominant ethnic group in what is now Zimbabwe. A Catholic, he went to St Francis Xavier College in Katuma and became a teacher. During his time at Fort Hare University in South Africa he was influenced by African nationalist and Marxist ideas and joined the African National Congress.
His teaching work took…
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