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Strife

Author: Shimmer Chinodya
Publisher: Harare : Weaver Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A rich, densely written novel, Strife examines one family's responses to destiny. Tracing the Gwanagara's roots back over a century, Chinodya interweaves past and the present, juxtaposing incidents never forgotten or resolved, revealing how memory becomes an actor in lived time. A large family grows up in Gweru. Their father aspires to be an enlightened Christian man, he sees his children through school and college  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Novels
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Chinodya, Shimmer.
Strife.
Harare : Weaver Press, 2006
(OCoLC)603840374
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shimmer Chinodya
ISBN: 9781779220585 1779220588
OCLC Number: 85158345
Description: ix, 224 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Shimmer Chinodya.

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"A rich, densely written novel, Strife examines one family's responses to destiny. Tracing the Gwanagara's roots back over a century, Chinodya interweaves past and the present, juxtaposing incidents never forgotten or resolved, revealing how memory becomes an actor in lived time. A large family grows up in Gweru. Their father aspires to be an enlightened Christian man, he sees his children through school and college where they do well. But as adults, they are struck by illness. Who is to blame? Who is to cure these ailments? What wrongs have they committed to offend the ancestors? How can atonement be made? Can education, science and medicine provide any solution? Their mother, the moon huntress, seeks out the answers and the cures in traditional beliefs and customs. Chinodya provides a dark expose of the tension between modernity and tradition. He explores the powerful draw that these sometimes conflicting ideologies exercise over an emerging middle-class that at once yearns for autonomy and unconsciously desires the irresponsibility of an all-pervading destiny." "Strife is a novel that has to be read by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Zimbabwean culture in the twenty-first century"--Back cover.

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