Lizzy’s twin, Lucy, had committed suicide because “they” would not let her marry the man of her choice, and her aunt dies single, frustrated and bitter because “they” killed her fiancé. Lizzy vows to fight for justice in a highly oppressive, male-dominated society. In solidarity with the two women she had loved, she swears never to get married nor fall in love. By pledging thus, however, the freedom fighter might have opened a front too many, for almost inevitably, she is caught in the snare of her own beliefs and principles. What happens to a yearning repressed, a yearning sacrificed to principle and loyalty? Does it merely vanish like a dream?
Rebel Soldier takes you through a long, twisting, often tumultuous psychological journey of a strong-willed, rebellious, but also romantic woman who struggles to balance social obligations with emotional needs.
Solomon Mwapangidza was born on 5th April 1977 in Chimanimani District of Zimbabwe. He attended Ratelshoek and Chikore High schools between 1992 and 1999 before proceeding to the University of Zimbabwe where he studied B.A in Literature and Theatre Arts (2002) and, later, the Graduate Diploma in Education (2005). He also holds a Special Honors degree in Communication and Media Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University. Currently, he teaches Literature in English at Dangamvura High School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Rebel Soldier is his first novel.