Where to Now?: Short Stories from Zimbabwe

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Jane Morris
African Books Collective, 2011 - Literary Collections - 151 pages
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The collection, Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, features sixteen Zimbabwean writers - Raisedon Baya, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diana Charsley, Mapfumo Clement Chihota, Murenga Joseph Chikowero, John Eppel, Fungai Rufaro Machirori, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, Christopher Mlalazi, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Blessing Musariri, Nyevero Muza, Thabisani Ndlovu, Bryony Rheam, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Sandisile Tshuma. The writing in this collection, at times dark, at times laced with comedy, is set against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's 'lost decade' of rampant inflation, violence, economic collapse and the flight of many of its citizens. Its people are left to ponder - where to now? All the voices are Zimbabwean. Even though some speak from the diaspora, their inspiration comes from their homeland and their stories tell of Zimbabwe. In the pages of Where to Now? you will meet the prostitute who gets the better of her brothers when they try to marry her off, the wife who is absolved of the charge of adultery, the hero who drowns in a bowser of cheap beer and the poetry slammer who does not get to perform his final poem. And many more.
 

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Contents

A Beast and a Jete
1
Christina the Colourful
7
I am an African am I?
21
Making a Woman
29
Snapshots
42
Her Skin is a Map
56
Crossroads
63
The Piano Tuner
74
They are Coming
102
Mr Pothole
109
The Accidental Hero
115
Sudden Death
124
Tomato Stakes
133
The Need
140
Glossary
147
Contributors
149

The Poetry Slammer
80
Alone
90
Back cover
155
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