Sharp Sharp Zulu Dog
Vusi, an eleven-year-old Zulu boy growing up in poverty in rural South Africa, is enchanted by the helpless puppy he finds in the bush and adopts as his own. He names it Gillette for its razor-sharp teeth and hides it from his mother, who disapproves of a bush dog as a pet. His devotion to Gillette only grows stronger after the puppy is mauled by a leopard and loses a leg.
While Vusi and Gillette learn to hunt together, they meet the daughter of a neighbouring white farmer. Gillette becomes the catalyst for their unlikely friendship, which has a decisive impact on the fate of Vusi’s whole family – and the larger community.
Rich with detail of Zulu tribal life, Anton Ferreira’s first novel depicts post-apartheid South Africa with honesty and compassion. A starkly realistic story set against the backdrop of the country’s tortured racial history, Sharp Sharp Zulu Dog holds out the hope that a new generation of South Africans can create a better future for their land.