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This Mournable Body

This Mournable Body (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Dangarembga, Tsitsi

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A searing novel about the obstacles facing women in Zimbabwe, by one of the country's most notable authors 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 fin...ancial 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. It is this homecoming, in Dangarembga's tense and psychologically charged novel, that culminates in an act of betrayal, revealing just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be.
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ISBN 9781555978129
Released NZ 29 Oct 2018
Publisher Graywolf Press,U.S.
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781555978129
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Graywolf Press,U.S.
Imprint Graywolf Press,U.S.
Released 29 Oct 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Dangarembga, Tsitsi
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 208mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 823.914
Weight 376g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Identity (Psychology), Women - Psychology, Zimbabwe, Choice (Psychology), Homecoming
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade