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 omniscience is the result of her ontological status as a spirit , i.e. the fact that her narration issues from the space - time of a parallel ontological realm . She tells Mucha : ' Do you know that I can even defeat time ?
Zimbabwean novels differ in their semantic constructions of the ritual of spirit possession : in chapter 31 of Harvest of Thorns , the guerrillas consult a spirit medium and Benjamin receives his first nyora ( ritual incisions ) ...
By mediating between the community and the ancestral spirits , Nehanda opens up the space of war : the people attack ... The rebellion is led by the hunter - warrior Kaguvi , another spirit medium , but it is directed by Nehanda's voice ...
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