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This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body (Paperback)

By Dangarembga, Tsitsi

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You spend the morning writing a letter to your cousin Nyasha, who has become a filmmaker in Germany, in which you ask for advice concerning leaving Zimbabwe. You want nothing more than to break away from the implacable terror of every day you spend in your country - where you can... no longer afford the odd dab of peanut butter to liven up the vegetables from Mai Manyanga's garden or the petty comfort of perfumed soap - by going away and becoming a European. Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai finds herself living in a run-down youth hostel in downtown Harare. For reasons that include her grim financial prospects and her age, she moves to a widow's boarding house and eventually finds work as a biology teacher. But at every turn in her attempt to make a life for herself, she is faced with a fresh humiliation, until the painful contrast between the future she imagined and her daily reality ultimately drives her to a breaking point. In This Mournable Body, Tsitsi Dangarembga returns to the protagonist of her acclaimed first novel, Nervous Conditions, to examine how the hope and potential of a young girl and a fledgling nation can sour over time and become a bitter and floundering struggle for survival. As a last resort, Tambudzai takes an ecotourism job that forces her to return to her parents' impoverished homestead. This homecoming, in Dangarembga's tense and psychologically charged novel, culminates in an act of betrayal, revealing just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be.
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ISBN 9781431428304
Released NZ 18 Nov 2018
Publisher Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781431428304
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Imprint Jacana Media
Released 18 Nov 2018
Publication Country South Africa South Africa
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Dangarembga, Tsitsi
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 15mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 500g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade