The Cockroach Dance

by Meja Mwangi

KSh 650

First published in 1979, The Cockroach Dance by Meja Mwangi is the dramatic story of one man’s fight against injustice and corrupt systems.  It is the story of one man’s resistance to a system and society run by faceless ones. The book focuses on the life of Dusman Gonzaga, who lives in a rundown building in Nairobi, Kenya; a squalid tenement overrun with cockroaches and inhabited by strange characters. His is a world of poverty, fights, bar women and visits to a doctor who doesn’t understand him.

The old building belongs to a wealthy slumlord with a heart of stone and Dusman’s neighbours include garbage collectors, street hawkers, criminals, wise men and mad men and numerous faceless ones. Dusman attempts to organise them to boycott paying rent, in order to force the landlord to lower rents, but finds himself standing alone. Then he hatches an unscrupulous plot so devious his neighbours can’t back out of the imminent confrontation. ‘Meja Mwangi spins a fascinating tale of one man’s revolt against exploitation

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Meja Mwangi (author)

Meja Mwangi began his prolific writing career in the 1970s, when he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick.  He was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation who was helping to disprove the claims that East Africa was a literary desert (Taban 1965, Nazareth 1976).  Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in seventeen years in addition to short stories, children’s books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi’s works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels.

 

MEJA MWANGI, the acclaimed author of Going Down River Road, The Cockroach Dance and Kill Me Quick, is an eclectic writer whose fascination with story-telling has created such diverse works as Bush Doctor, Crossroads, Carcass for Hounds, Rafiki and Christmas Without Tusker, among others.

Among his best known books are The Cockroach Dance, Baba Pesa, Crossroads, and Rafiki.

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Meja Mwangi

Meja Mwangi began his prolific writing career in the 1970s, when he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick. He was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation who was helping to disprove the claims that East Africa was a literary desert (Taban 1965, Nazareth 1976). Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in seventeen years in addition to short stories, children’s books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi’s works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels. MEJA MWANGI, the acclaimed author of Weapon of Hunger, Going Down River Road, The Cockroach Dance and Kill Me Quick, is an eclectic writer whose fascination with story-telling has created such diverse works as Bush Doctor, Crossroads, Carcass for Hounds, Rafiki and Christmas Without Tusker, among others. Among his best known books are The Cockroach Dance, Baba Pesa, Crossroads,and Rafiki.