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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114 The ruling party represents itself as the eternal guardian of the national future , with the colonial fear of a relapse into barbarism now rewritten as a postcolonial fear of a relapse into colonialism .
The organizing force held by the future is therefore extremely great here – and this is not , of course , the private biographical future , but the historical future . It is as though the very foundations of the world are changing ...
( N , 111 ) In the realm they inhabit , the difference between the past and the future is eradicated . of spirThis means that , from the outset , Nehanda has the ability to perceive the direction of time's unfolding as reversible .
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