When Ssempa and Sister Julian come together, this only spells tragedy. Ssempa – irreverent, crafty and atheistic – and Julian – a pious, subservient Catholic nun – suddenly find themselves the focus of two religious communities with irreconcilable interests. The unexpected liaison between the two protagonists ignites unforeseen passions within each of the communities, and causes unbearable tensions between them. The two communities inevitably collide, crushing the two hapless lovers in the process. In this contentious, satirical and racy tale that straddles the Great Lakes region and concerns itself with one of the cataclysmic eras of Uganda’s history – the 1950s through to the 1970s.
About the Author
Ulysses Chuka Kibuuka was born in 1953 at Karera, Bugongi-Sheema, western Uganda. He attended St Peter’s College, Tororo and the Aga Khan School, Masaka. In 1986 Kibuuka was with the NRA guerrillas that ousted the Milton Obote regime and he still serves in the armed forces. His first novel, For the Fairest, won the 1993 UPABA award for best fiction and was reviewed by the BBC Artshouse in 1996 as well as The New Vision and Radio Uganda. He is also the author of Pale Souls Abroad and Other Tales and A Wife for the Clan.