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This mournable body : a novel

Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tsitsi Dangarembga
ISBN: 9781555978129 1555978126
OCLC Number: 1033562252
Description: 284 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Tsitsi Dangarembga.

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"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. 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."--Amazon.com.

Anxious about her prospects after leaving a stagnant job, Tambudzai 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. As a last resort, Tambudzai takes an ecotourism job that forces her to return to her parents' impoverished homestead. An act of betrayal reveals just how toxic the combination of colonialism and capitalism can be. -- adapted from Amazon.com info.

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"[A] masterpiece. . . . Dangarembga writes with intimacy and compassion; there's a sharp poetic crack to the work that keeps the story from muddying in melancholy, as it might in the hands of a less Read more...

 
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