Nervous Conditions

Nervous Conditions

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"'Nervous conditions' brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women's rights. By now a classic in African literature and Black women's literature internationally, 'Nervous conditions' is a must for anyone wanting to understand voice, memory, and coming of age for young Black women in Africa"--Page 4 of cover
Publisher: Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK : Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd, 2004
Copyright Date: ©1988
ISBN: 9780954702335
Branch Call Number: FIC Dang
Characteristics: xi, 211 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Appiah, Anthony


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My favorite book of all time, this coming-of-age tale is about Rhodesia just before it became Zimbabwe--but the freedom fighters and political battles are just hinted at in the background. Tambu, the narrator, dwells on her personal struggles as an adolescent girl, including her conclusion that t... Read More »

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Oct 24, 2016

"The Whites on the mission were a special kind of white person. . .They were about God's business here in darkest Africa."
For many westerners, African literature begins and ends with "Things Fall Apart" and "Cry, the Beloved Country." Which is too bad as there's a lot of great literature coming out of what is too often treated as a monolithic culture. "Nervous Conditions" is the debut novel by the Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga. Like many African novels, it reckons with the legacy of colonialism and its impact on the people. This books is set in Rhodesia in the 1960s and takes its title from Frantz Fanon. I'd also recommend "Half of a Yellow Sun."


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