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Title:Mapping the City Space in Current Zimbabwean and South African Fiction
Author:Manase, Irikidzayi
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:urban sociology
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About persons:Phaswane Mpe (1970-2004)ISNI
Ashraf JamalISNI
Shimmer Chinodya (1957-)
Nhamo MhiripiriISNI
Charles Lovemore Mungoshi (1947-)ISNI
Abstract:The current South African city has an ambivalent nature. It is inhabited by a number of African dwellers, whose identity is split between the rural areas, in which colonialism and apartheid placed them permanently, and the city - where life mirrors the paradox of being able to achieve success and failure at the same time. The ambivalent urban condition which, according to the author, is represented in current Zimbabwean and South African fiction, is noted in the dialectical links between poverty, wealth, life, death, home and homelessness, which result in the constitution of restless and dislocated identities for a majority of the urban dwellers. The author illustrates the argument by focusing on Phaswane Mpe's 'Welcome to our Hillbrow' (2001) and Ashraf Jamal's 'The black bag' (2002), set in Johannesburg and a nameless city in South Africa respectively, and Shimmer Chinodya's 'Strays' and 'Can we talk' (1998), Nhamo Mhiripiri's 'The lodgers', 'No more plastic balls' and 'Elista' (2000) and Charles Mungoshi's 'The hare' (1997), which are set in Harare, Zimbabwe. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]