Heidi Holland's biography of Robert Mugabe does something deeply unsettling - it makes one feel the dictator's pain.
At Linquenda House, Harare's gloomy immigration department, the official inspecting my visa extension form asks me what I do. "I'm a wineseller," I lie.
The professor of surgery hears a knock on his office door. A surgeon enters gingerly to apologise for missing an important student seminar they were running. â€œI was pushing the truck."
In this monument to the unknown soldier, three bronze warriors stand strong, indefatigable and proud in the cause of African nationalism... but they are not African at all. The North Koreans, unrivalled masters of political idolatry in their own land, inadvertently gave Oriental features to the soldiers' statues.
Sheffield United's Peter Ndlovu is uncomfortable talking about Zimbabwe's politics. But many back home blame Leo Mugabe, the president's nephew, for the crisis engulfing Zimbabwean football.
Born and raised in Britain, Ben Freeth has become one of a handful of farmers in Zimbabwe to resist the seizure of his land.
Throughout this memoir, Egeland presents himself as one of the more assertive elements in the UN, who likes to "speak truth to power".
A British farmer in Zimbabwe has launched a legal challenge to the government's land reform programme that has forced out thousands of fellow white farmers.
Thabo Mbeki the enigma has become a clichÃ©. But so far there have been few attempts to fathom the man who in 1999 was given the impossible task of replacing Nelson Mandela.
When Zimbabwe's best selling Daily News was forced to close by repressive media legislation two years ago, critical voices disappeared from the country's mass media, and independent reporters fled abroad.