The two Zimbabwean writers featured in the collection of stories and poems Together, could not be more different. John Eppel is an English literature teacher in Bulawayo; Julius Chingono, from Norton, near Harare, was a rockblaster in mines for many years. Eppel is a deliberate stylist, while Chingono is a deliberate antistylist.
The western literary tradition is pervasive in Eppel’s writing; Chingono is his own tradition. In another sense, however, they could not be more similar. Both share an aversion for those in power who exploit it to the detriment of all but their cronies and themselves; both feel a deep compassion for the poor and the marginalized of Zimbabwe. And they are both very funny.