Laughing Now

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Irene Staunton
African Books Collective, 2007 - Literary Collections - 110 pages
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Weaver Press's previous collections of short stories, Writing Now and Writing Still, were highly praised for the quality of their prose and the imagination of their writers. They confirmed, for one reviewer, 'the paradoxical truth that troubled societies somehow produce some of the most interesting writing available. Laughing Now goes further, and demonstrates the enduring capacity of Zimbabweans to find humour in even the most difficult of circumstances. The stories embrace funerals, dancing competitions, family tensions, rampant inflation and endless queues for scarce goods. They take a wry look at pompous politicians, foreign filmmakers and the aspirations of the so-called 'new' farmers. Those by Gappah, Chingono and Eppel won the first three prizes in the recent Mukuru.com short story competition. Zimbabwean fiction in English has become world-renowned in recent decades, but its concerns - war, trauma and the trials of independence - have chronicled the pain of those periods. Laughing Now suggests that we are finding new ways to reflect our reality; that however many zeros we add to the rate of inflation, and however hungry we may become, humour is as good a responce as any.
 

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Contents

A Grave Matter
1
Minister without Portfolio
7
The Chances and Challenges of Chiadzwa
16
Last Laugh
23
A Land of Starving Millionaires
38
Ashes
43
Cocktail House under the Tree of Forgetfulness
47
The Mupandawana Dancing Champion
51
Reckless
61
Specialisation
69
Mpofus Sleep
76
African Laughter
82
A Dirty Game
94
Christmas
104
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