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Title:Vindicating Dambudzo Marechera: features of cultic remembering
Author:Toivanen, Anna-LeenaISNI
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
About person:Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987)ISNI
External link:https://njas.fi/njas/article/view/157/147
Abstract:This article approaches the ongoing cultic phenomenon around the Zimbabwean author Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987) from the viewpoint of cultic remembrance. The diverse text corpus concerned with the writer is marked by nuances of regret and loss. These affects reveal a sense of guilt that envelops the author's memory, as well as a willingness to compensate the past wrongdoings to which Marechera is seen to become subjected. The sadness around Marechera's memory seems to spring from the conception that Marechera was misunderstood during his lifetime. Currently, however, he is seen to have been ahead of his time, a postcolonial writer avant la lettre, and a talent wasted in a hostile environment. What adds to Marechera's 'tragedy' is that he is interpreted to have predicted the Zimbabwe crisis. Today, Marechera is seen to haunt the world of the living in a ghostly manner, which indicates a melancholic unwillingness to accept the writer's loss. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]