Welcome. My name is Dolar Vasani and I am the author of the book, Not Yet Uhuru – lesbian flash fiction. Flash is a genre of very short stories. Each story in this collection is about 1200 words in length. Uhuru is a Swahili word meaning freedom.
The 12 illustrated stories are spread over 12 months and address a wide range of issues and struggles. Set in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, Zambia and Zimbabwe, these tales are about girls, women, daughters, sisters, mothers and grandmothers finding out, coming out, being out and staying out. The central character of each story is of South Asian descent and every story has an erotic twist, supported by a unique black and white illustration, done by Andrea Rolfes.
In most of these countries, homosexuality continues to be illegal and is a criminal offence. Through fiction, I seek to address homophobia, stigma and prejudice in a multi-faceted setting: within the family, between lovers, in the workplace and within the wider society. But ultimately it’s about celebrating being a lesbian – on the personal, professional and political level.
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