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Title:Words as Bullets: the Writings of Dambudzo Marechera
Author:Veit-Wild, FloraISNI
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Marechera, Dambudzo
About person:Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987)ISNI
External link:https://journals.co.za/doi/abs/10.10520/AJA03790622_456
Abstract:While English and German critics consider Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987) to be one of black Africa's best prose writers, and 'The House of Hunger' (1978) is acknowledged to rank with other great world literature, African criticism is divided in its judgement. Several critics describe his writing as bourgeois, decadent, Europeanized, and see him as alienated from African tradition. Others, assessing the social reality of postcolonial Africa more critically, recognize the important - and indeed political - function of a writer such as Marechera, who takes nothing for granted, but sees it as his task to disturb, to disrupt, and to destroy. In this article, originally published in German in 'Kritisches Lexikon zur Fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur', XIII (München, 1987), the author reviews the work of Marechera, who is perhaps the best-known writer of Zimbabwe. A preliminary annotated bibliography on Dambudzo Marechera listing primary sources, translations, and secondary sources (on his life, work and views generally), compiled by F. Veit-Wild, is published on p. 121-129. Note, ref.