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Title:Call No Man Happy: Inside 'The Black Insider', Marechera's Journey to Become a Writer?
Author:Pattison, DavidISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About person:Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637388
Abstract:Dambudzo Marechera was born on 4 June 1952 in Vengere township near Rusape, Zimbabwe. He died in Harare on 18 August 1987. Concentrating on Marechera's posthumously published novella 'The black insider' (1990), the present author uncovers the hidden agenda of a writer who would question anyone calling him an African writer. Marechera's essence lies in his demand to be recognized as a writer and his utter rejection of any identity with or responsibility for a specific place or people. The author argues that the personal and idiosyncratic nature of Marechera's writing was neither exclusive nor narcissistic. How far he managed to rise above 'the personal' is a matter of choice for the individual reader. 'The black insider' is multilayered, available for exposition at several levels. The author examines some of the ways it is possible to read the novella, suggesting that such obfuscation is deliberate, intended to conceal the definitive theme of the book: Marechera's journey to become a writer. Ref., sum.