When a Crocodile Eats the Sun

Author: Peter Godwin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316032093

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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After his father's heart attack in 1984, Peter Godwin began a series of pilgrimages back to Zimbabwe, the land of his birth, from Manhattan, where he now lives. On these frequent visits to check on his elderly parents, he bore witness to Zimbabwe's dramatic spiral downwards into the jaws of violent chaos, presided over by an increasingly enraged dictator. And yet long after their comfortable lifestyle had been shattered and millions were fleeing, his parents refuse to leave, steadfast in their allegiance to the failed state that has been their adopted home for 50 years. Then Godwin discovered a shocking family secret that helped explain their loyalty. Africa was his father's sanctuary from another identity, another world. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun is a stirring memoir of the disintegration of a family set against the collapse of a country. But it is also a vivid portrait of the profound strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love.


Author: Peter Godwin

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447206568

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 418

View: 9916

Growing up in Rhodesia in the 1960s, Peter Godwin inhabited a magical and frightening world of leopard-hunting, lepers, witch doctors, snakes and forest fires. As an adolescent, a conscript caught in the middle of a vicious civil war, and then as an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as a journalist to cover the bloody transition to majority rule, he discovered a land stalked by death and danger.

Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries

Author: Maureen O'Connor

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610691466

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 723

View: 9551

Memoirs, autobiographies, and diaries represent the most personal and most intimate of genres, as well as one of the most abundant and popular. Gain new understanding and better serve your readers with this detailed genre guide to nearly 700 titles that also includes notes on more than 2,800 read-alike and other related titles. • A list of subjects and suggested "read-alikes" accompany each title • Appendixes cover awards, websites, and resources • Detailed indexes provide further points of access

Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography

Author: M. Hove,Kgomotso Masemola

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137340339

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 186

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Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography investigates how selves are represented and reconstructed in selected auto/biographical readings from African literary discourse. It examines how such representations confirm, validate, interrogate and pervade conversations with issues of identity, nation and history. In addition to providing an overview of the multidimensionality of auto/biography, the book also introduces readers to various ways of reading and analysing auto/biographical writings and develops specific perspectives on the genre and views inherently expressed through the re-imagined, re-membered and re-constructed self that speaks through the pages of autobiographical scripting. The focus on auto/biographical writings from southern Africa, specifically South Africa and Zimbabwe, offers a fresh reading of the work of significant figures in the political, economic and sociological spheres of these nation states. This collection shows that auto/biography may be more than simply the representation of an individual life, and that the socio-cultural memory of a people is a core aspect influencing individual self-representation.

African Postcolonial Modernity

Author: S. Osha

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137446935

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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African cultures and politics remain significantly affected by precolonial and postcolonial configurations of modernity, as well as hegemonic global systems. This project explores Africa's conversation with itself and the rest of the world, critiquing universalist notions of democratization.

Zimbabwe's New Diaspora

Author: JoAnn McGregor,Ranka Primorac

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 9781845456580

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

View: 4163

'Impressively well informed and up to date both factually and theoretically, the book should be read by all those interested in new African diasporas. It will undoubtedly constitute a baseline for any future research on the Zimbabwean diaspora'-Pnina Werbner, Keele University '[A] creative and intelligent contribution to the wider academic literature on diasporas:-Jennifer Robinson, University College London '[A] considerable addition to the growing literature on African migrants and refugees in Europe and elsewhere. It brings together research conducted by a range of scholars from different disciplines and of different backgrounds, including many from Zimbabwe itself..:ûRalph Grillo, University of Sussex Zimbabwe's crisis has produced a dramatic global scattering of people for the past decade. This volume investigates this enforced dispersal, and the processes shaping the emergence of a new 'diaspora' of Zimbabweans abroad, focusing on the most important concentrations in South Africa and in Britain. The first book on the diasporic connections created through Zimbabwe's multifaceted crisis, it offers an innovative combination of research on the political, economic, cultural and legal dimensions of movement across borders and survival thereafter. It highlights the ways in which new movements are connected to older flows, and how displacements across physical borders are intimately linked to the reworking of conceptual borders in both sending and receiving states. The book is essential reading for researchers and students in migration, diaspora and postcolonial literary studies. Joann Mcgregor is Lecturer at University College London. She has published on Zimbabwean politics, society and history, and on forced migration. She is co-author of Violence and Memory: One Hundred Years in the Dark Forests of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe (2000), author of Crossing the Zambezi: The Politics of Landscape on a Central African Frontier (2010) and co-editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies. Ranka Primorac is Teaching Fellow at University of Southampton. She has published on Zimbabwean literature and culture, and is author of The Place of Tears: The Novel and Politics in Modern Zimbabwe, editor of African City Textualities (2010) and co-editor of Zimbabwe in Crisis: The International Response and the Space of Silence (2007).