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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44 Instead , they construct characters for whom freedom means movement .
Marita is the only character in Bones who chooses to relocate twice . By doing so
she widens the scope of mental movement that is possible in and about her world
This may be illustrated by the difficulties that bodily displacement – the physical
crossing of boundaries – presents for the characters . Among the twelve novels I
am discussing , there are only two – Nervous Conditions and Zenzele – in which
... and Harvest of Thorns ) establish truncated versions of the genre . Others (
Echoing Silences and The Stone Virgins ) read like bitter distortions of it . Yet
others ( by Hove , and again Vera ) represent static characters in static worlds ...
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