ISBN 9781779220011
Pages 100
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2002
Publisher Weaver Press, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Palaver Finish

by Chenjerai Hove

Hove is highly regarded as a novelist, poet and essayist in Zimbabwe and internationally. A politically engaged writer, he has also turned to journalism. This timely volume brings together a series of articles, which have previously appreared in his weekly column in The Zimbabwe Standard. Hove, publishing in Zimbabwe, believes the voices of the nation's politically engaged writers - in tune with the mood of the people and the times - are crucial in the current climate of political violence and censorship. To outside media and observers trying to ascertain the truths of the political situation, his writings offer insights from a black Zimbabwean writer and critic.

Hove writes for and about Zimbabwe from a perspective that acknowledges recent history, and debates around culture, tradition and democracy. His criticism is uneqivocal, his portrayal of Zimbabwe's politics, damning and unforgiving. His case is that Zimbabwe is a police state, which has inherited pre-indepedence totalitarianism; members of the Government are in politics for reasons of personal gain - they are unsophisticated, poorly educated and have no notion of public office. He believes that the army and police - whom he compares with those of apartheid South Africa, are the politicians' personal weapons, committing acts of crime and terrorism in the President's name and in their own.

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'This is an impassioned polemic from a writer agonisingly aware of the catastrophic path his country is taking and doing his utmost to alter that course.'

The New Internationalist

'Palaver Finish is [Hove's] most important commentary of current events in Zimbabwe.'

The Australian Review of African Studies

'Palaver Finish is worth elevating to the top rack of your bookshelf'

African Review of Books
About the Author

Chenjerai Hove

Born in 1954 near Zvishavane, Chenjerai Hove published his first collection of poetry, Up in Arms, in 1982 and The Red Hills of Home in 1985; the latter drew on of his deeply felt moral anguish over the brutalities of Zimbabwe's war of liberation (1967- 80), which he observed while teaching in the rural areas during the period.

His third volume of poetry, Rainbows in the Dust (Baobab Books, 1997) is a reflection on the betrayals of independence. His first novel, Bones (1988), which won him the Noma Award, shows the depth of his empathy for rural people and in particular rural women. If Hove is (or was) a nationalist, he is also fearless observer, and has never shied away from recording the violence of the new Zimbabwe in his fiction, his poetry and his journalism. An outspoken social and cultural critic, he writes a weekly column for The Zimbabwe Standard. His other novels are Shadows (Baobab Books, 1994), Ancestors (College Press, 1996); and he has two collections of essays, Shebeen Tales (Serif, London, and Baobab Books 1994), Palaver Finish (Weaver Press, 2002); the latter is also translated into Shona as Zvakwana! and Ndebele as Akudle Inqondo.

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