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Youth Fiction: Peter Dunseith’s The Bird of Heaven

The Bird of HeavenPeter Dunseith’s The Bird of Heaven follows the training and growth in power of Mandla, son of Ingwe.

The story culminates with a trip to Swaziland’s Incwala festival, which the author describes in vivid detail. This event expresses the spiritual identity of the Swazi nation and informs the Swazi world view.

Although a fantasy adventure with some magic realism thrown in, the book operates on other levels, dealing with archetypes representing the struggle between innocence and corruption; the transition from boyhood to manhood; the relationship between a boy and his distant father (a leopard in the body of a man); self-empowerment through the gifts of our ancestors (the muti bag); and the transcendent victory of a noble spirit (the lightning bird).

“Nowhere… for young people is there such a book.”
– Tafelberg reader

About the author

Peter Dunseith is a judge of the Industrial Court of Swaziland, where he has lived for the past 30 years. This is his first book.

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