The Place of Tears: The Novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe
THIS IS AN NJR - NOT JACKET BLURB, DO NOT USE IT THIS RAW FORM -This new and original work is the only recent monographic treatment of the Zimbabwean novel and its political implications. An earlier one by Veit-Wild (1992) has not been updated, and other, such as that by Zhuwarara (2001), are not easily available outside Zimbabwe. The author resided in Zimbabwe for almost a decade and has visited the country regularly in the last five years. She has published extensively on Zimbabwean literature, and brings to her work a deep contextual richness as well as theoretical sophistication.
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Her positioning in the space - time of Bones is curiously ambivalent : she is both
present and absent , included and excluded . This links her to Nehanda and the
ancestral spirits . In the seventh section of Bones , the voice of Ambuya Nehanda
where Nehanda intrudes on bats ' space in a forest cave ) , or abstract . In chapter
thirteen , Mr Browning sums up his civilisation ' s relationship to space by saying :
We have drawn maps , and know how to locate ourselves on the globe .
In Nehanda , the invading whites are confronted by a united African community .
This encompasses both the living and the dead and spans both the physical and
the spiritual spatio - temporal dimensions . This unity is made possible by the ...
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