DAMBUDZO MARECHERA THE HOUSE OF HUNGER PDF

He was the child of Shona parents from the eastern-central part of Zimbabwe. In his book, The House of Hunger , and in interviews, Marechera often falsely suggests that his father was either run over by "a 20th century train" or "came home with a knife sticking from his back" or "was found in the hospital mortuary with his body riddled with bullets". When Marechera returned from London and was made writer-in-residency at the University of Zimbabwe , his mother and sisters attempted to come and meet him but he rejected them offhand, accusing the mother of trying to kill him. Still, it is known from anecdotal accounts that Marechera never made an effort to meet with any member of his family before he died in He grew up amid racial discrimination, poverty, and violence. He attended St.

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Incredible that such a powerful indictment should also be so funny. More than twenty years after his death, his work continues to inspire academic studies, biographies, films, and plays.

Famous for his unconventional life as much as for his work, Marechera has become something "A black man who has suffered all the stupid brutalities of the white oppression in Rhodesia, his rage explodes, not in political rhetoric, but in a fusion of lyricism, wit, obscenity. Famous for his unconventional life as much as for his work, Marechera has become something of a cult figure in certain circles in Zimbabwe, a country whose political developments have fulfilled his prescient political vision.

Marechera belongs to the so-called second generation of Zimbabwean writers who published their major works in the s and s. They constitute a "lost generation" that grew up in a country ruled by a white minority government and shattered by a guerrilla war.

As the Zimbabwean liberation war was gaining momentum, writers such as Marechera, Charles Mungoshi and Stanley Nyamfukudza already express disillusionment in its nationalist cause and pessimism about the future. The sense of futility sprang from the ethnic polarization of the liberation struggle as well the violence perpetrated by the guerrillas against civillians.

Born into ghetto poverty in colonial Rhodesia, Marechera was expelled from University of Rhodesia for his political involvement. A brilliant student, he received a scholarship to read English at New College, Oxford, to which he responded with extreme alienation and was to be sent down in his second year for a series of provocations, including threats to burn down New College. This stream-of-consciousness account of the schizophrenia and brutality of the colonized condition went on to win the prestigious Guardian First Book Award in , with Marechera being immediately recognized as an avant-garde minstrel whose search for new ways to communicate placed him in the tradition of modernists such as Joyce, Beckett and Soyinka.

The book was said to set a new path in African writing and Marechera was hailed as a witness and a prophet.

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B-Sides: Dambudzo Marechera’s “The House of Hunger”

By Isabel Hofmeyr Contemporary southern Africa is littered with the detritus of grand schemes—imperialism, apartheid, development, independence, socialism. Wrought first by colonial violence and then by anti-colonial movements gone bad, the wreckages of utopia heap up in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, and South Africa. The fallout of these schemes accumulates and compacts. Citizens find themselves making their lives on ideological as well as actual rubbish dumps. The most acute diagnosis of this wreckage comes from Zimbabwean Dambudzo Marechera, the writer of the garbage dump.

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Dambudzo Marechera

Despite his demise, aged 36, on Aug. His mythical boldness bore little resemblance to his tentative, almost timid character. The writer was accused of not contributing to the nation-building project. But Marechera was speaking to and for a postwar generation.

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The 40-year-old “prophetic” novel that predicted the troubles of modern-day Zimbabwe

Shelves: fiction , africa "There is nothing left but the genitals of senile gods. The title novella that anchors this collection is a masterclass in fractured Modernism. As the narrator explains his story, the reader is shot back and forth along a personal timeline. Anchored by bursts of extreme violence - school yard, domestic, and at the hands of the State - the narrator recounts harrowing moments of enlightenment and "There is nothing left but the genitals of senile gods. Anchored by bursts of extreme violence - school yard, domestic, and at the hands of the State - the narrator recounts harrowing moments of enlightenment and despair. Family relations are fraught with disappointments and resentments, allegiances are tested in basement beatings, and the self-medicated states of inebriation dominate.

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The House of Hunger

Incredible that such a powerful indictment should also be so funny. More than twenty years after his death, his work continues to inspire academic studies, biographies, films, and plays. Famous for his unconventional life as much as for his work, Marechera has become something "A black man who has suffered all the stupid brutalities of the white oppression in Rhodesia, his rage explodes, not in political rhetoric, but in a fusion of lyricism, wit, obscenity. Famous for his unconventional life as much as for his work, Marechera has become something of a cult figure in certain circles in Zimbabwe, a country whose political developments have fulfilled his prescient political vision. Marechera belongs to the so-called second generation of Zimbabwean writers who published their major works in the s and s.

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