ISBN 9789956550883
Pages 84
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2019
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Dispatches from the Village

by Christopher Munyaradzi Mabeza

In this book, Chris Mabeza takes the reader through a breath taking journey of the vicissitudes of village life in Zimbabwe from the colonial days to the present. This, at a time when telling African stories is enjoying a Risorgimento. Thus, in essence Mabeza “throws his fingers in the wind” and catches the zeitgeist of African storytelling. The stories leave the reader spellbound. Dispatches from the village has its finger on the pulse of the people. This gorgeous collection of short stories is a product of immersive thick descriptions of rural life as it intersects with urban life. The author grapples with the effects of what has generally been observed as the “brutish and nasty new normal”. The rural landscape has not been spared the vagaries of this new normal. However, when overwhelmed by the tsunami of negative news that permeate our media, pick-up Dispatches from the village to soothe yourself.

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About the Author

Christopher Munyaradzi Mabeza

Christopher Munyaradzi Mabeza holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He researches on adaptation to climate in southern Africa by smallholder farmers, the barefoot researchers. Dr Mabeza is intrigued by smallholder farmer innovative strategies to climate variability and has published on managing climate, work that draws on his intimate knowledge of rural Zimbabwe.

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