Writing Free

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Irene Staunton
African Books Collective, 2011 - Literary Collections - 138 pages
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In this fifth anthology of Zimbabwean short stories from Weaver Press fifteen writers respond to the topic of writing free, and offer their thoughts about how and why they wrote as they did. The stories reflect a wide variety of freedoms: from tyranny, from hunger, from abuse, from the shackles of tradition, and even from the traditional constraints of narrative convention. But there are cautionary tales, too. Political change may be liberating for the adults who suffered for it, but will their children share in the euphoria of new-found freedom? Will a departure from domestic poverty to the calm waters of the diaspora deliver all that was hoped for it? Is the grass always greener beyond the fence of a stifling marriage? Zimbabwe has had more than its share of social and material deprivation in recent years, and people's responses have taken many forms. Writing Free offers an engaging and kaleidoscopic sample of these, and in doing so give an intimate portrait of a country in transition.
 

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Contents

Running in Zimbabwe
1
Miss McConkey of Bridgewater Close
11
Crossroads
20
Times Footprints
28
The Situation
36
The Novel Citizen
43
An Intricate Deception
52
The Missing
65
When the Moon Stares
86
Case of the Silent Girl
95
Danfo Driver
105
The Donors Visit
109
Eyes On
120
African Wife
126
Back cover
141
Copyright

Shamisos
73

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