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The House of Hunger
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The House of Hunger (Paperback)

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Marechera made an immediate impact with the publication of The House of Hunger. The novella and nine short stories, most of them set in Zimbabwe, symbolise both home and country as the 'house of hunger', the place of madness and violence and despair. Marechera describes a world in which tenderness has long given way to the tactics of survival, and he does so in a style at once explosive and loaded with angry humour.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pearson Education Limited Publication Date: 05/05/2009 ISBN-13: 9780435895983  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Dambudzo Marechera, the son of a lorry driver, was born in 1955 in Vengere township, Rusape Rhodesia. Marechera went to a mission boarding school, supported by scholarships. He subsequently went on to the University of Rhodesia, from which he was expelled in 1973 following a protest demonstration. A scholarship took him to the University of Oxford in 1974. During the next eight years Marechera remained in exile in England but with no fixed abode or employment. He had brushes with the police which led to detentions and imprisonment. His return to Zimbabwe in 1982 was traumatic: independent Zimbabwe was no more accommodating to him than Ian Smith's Rhodesia. He died tragically young in 1987, a victim of the AIDS virus. His collection of short stories, The House of Hunger, was published in 1978 to considerable critical acclaim. It won the prestigious Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979. This was followed in 1980 by his novel Black Sunlight (also published by Heinemann) and Mindblast in 1984 (The College Press, Harare). The Black Insider, which was written in 1978, has been published posthumously by Baobab Books in Zimbabwe.

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