The Hangman's Replacement: Sprout of Disruption

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SYNOPSIS Zimbabwe’s last hangman retired in 2004. As the nation drifted towards abolition, no determined effort was launched to find a replacement. However, the discovery of carnivorous flame lilies at the Great Zimbabwe monument triggered a spirited search for a new executioner. Those who know why this discovery energized the recruitment effort refused to talk. The frantic attempts to find a new hangman were impeded by the lack of suitable candidates. Well-placed sources confirmed that the fear of ngozi was a deterrent. According to this traditional belief, the spirit of a murdered person torments the killer and his family for generations. However, this is only half the story. Several promising applicants did come forward. None met the minimum requirements for the job. The selection criteria were designed to exclude the mentally ill, the vindictive, and the sadistic. However, they did not rule out the desperate. The Sprout of Disruption (Book 1) introduces the universe of characters whose lives have been set alight by the plant which sparked the recruitment effort. It tells the story of the aspiring hangman who was obsessed with securing the job, the sympathizers who fought to protect him from his prize, and the anxious men who believed that emptying death row would end their horror before the meat-eating plants constricted around their necks. KIRKUS REVIEW EXTRACT "At nearly 500 pages, this intricately woven novel is a disconcerting parable exploded to epic proportions. The author renders its many characters, from the mad genius responsible for the impending botanical apocalypse, to the prostitute/undercover operative who falls in love with Abel, to the seemingly simple Abel himself, with frightening subtlety and detail.... A thought-provoking, singularly strange and absorbing novel." FULL REVIEW: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/taona-dumisani-chiveneko/the-hangmans-replacement/ INDIEREADER REVIEW EXTRACT “This is a work of completely bizarre genius. The author has an almost Wodehousian gift with words, decorating his pages with phrases that can make the reader laugh out loud, question long-held assumptions about reality, or send a chill up the spine with just a few deft descriptive touches. Some of the characters, and the situations they find themselves in, can be completely off-the-wall, but the author’s writing ability carefully makes them almost plausible, even natural." “This is a delightful book for those who enjoy having their perspectives stretched, who take delight in the weird and idiosyncratic, and who love watching a master author do breathtaking juggling acts with the English language." FULL REVIEW: http://indiereader.com/2013/05/the-hangmans-replacementsprout-of-disruption/

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Taona Dumisani Chiveneko is the author of 'The Hangman's Replacement' series. The Zimbabwean citizen was born either between the Zambezi and the Limpopo rivers, or along the road which runs from Mutare to Hwange. Mr. Chiveneko has refused to confirm which option is true. He is also equally circumspect about his age, which he has pegged at: 'More than ten, but less than a hundred-years-old.'

Mr. Chiveneko is widely regarded as the most anti-social African author. He is rumoured to have based the Luxon Hurudza character on himself. Even as a child, Mr. Chiveneko was not personable. The boy ignored anyone who tried to start a conversation with him. This behaviour won him the nickname, 'Hombarume', the Shona word for 'hunter'. According to the village elder who gave him the name, the young Taona was destined to spend his entire life hunting for a sense of social etiquette. The elder's prediction turned out to be wrong. The boy never embarked on the quest at all. As a recluse, he spent his life hunting for something else: solitude. Mr. Chiveneko is rumoured to live in a remote location with a hypertensive pangolin, three shrews, and a termite colony (enclosed in a large glass tank). 

During the only interview he has ever granted, Mr. Chiveneko confessed that his childhood dream was to become a taxidermist. However, this ambition was shattered when he realized that taxidermy had nothing to do with replacing the bodywork of taxi cabs. In grief, he bought a diary and vented his sorrow on its pages with a feather quill. The experience was refreshing. Through tragedy, he found his calling. The rest is history. To this day, he still writes with feather quills that he picks up along a popular flight path of migrating geese.

Mr. Chiveneko only communicates with the wider world through his long suffering lawyer. Any demonstration of courtesy expressed in his novels, (including the acknowledgements), are the work of his tireless legal representative.

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"A thought-provoking, singularly strange and absorbing novel." - Kirkus Review
A desperate villager's quest to become Zimbabwe's newest executioner kicks off this intriguing debut horror novel involving man-eating plants, organ harvesting and other uncanny oddities....The author renders its many characters... with frightening subtlety and detail... The boughs of this arboreal shocker threaten to creak under the weight of its ever-mounting plot, but they never quite crack. Instead, readers are left wondering just how deep the roots go.

"A delightful book for those who enjoy having their perspectives stretched, who take delight in the weird and idiosyncratic, and who love watching a master author do breathtaking juggling acts with the English language." -  IndieReader

"The best way to describe The Hangman's Replacement is like a spider's web as it is filled with plot threads that might entangle the unwary fly, but is so complex and beautifully written that you can't help but admire it. Even the most seemingly inconsequential character was connected in some way to the bigger plot and, as The Hangman's Replacement is the first in a series, those were only seeds planted to grow into an even bigger arc." - Readers' Favorite

'Yet more than once as I laughed my way through this novel, I was reminded of a quotation by Nikolai Gogol that I came across recently: "The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes." The humor in The Hangman's Replacement makes us laugh perhaps to keep us from crying. Again like Saramago, Chiveneko uses bizarre situations and sometimes subtle humor to deliver very deep and often disturbing social and political commentary...' - Self-Publishing Review.

"Taono Chiveneko's creativity knows no bounds as he creates a world where men may meet fantastical deaths by stalactites and lightning bolts while others wrap their naked bodies in condom-like latex suits to ward off pollen, all of which happens at the behest of a powerful antagonist who has planned out their fates years ago. At times philosophical and insightful, at times dramatic and unpredictable, The Hangman's Replacement skillfully blends fact and fiction as it explores the themes of sex, politics, love, and death." - Readers' Favorite. 

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