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Shebeen Tales: Messages from Harare by [Hove, Chenjerai]
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Length: 129 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'Beautifully written — a glimpse into a rarely seen African reality.'
Weekly Journal

'An intimate — occasionally painful — look at his own land ... his observations about women and their place in Zimbabwean culture are particularly incisive.'
Publishers Weekly

'Raw, direct and gutsy: a refreshingly honest account of life in modern Africa.'
Margaret Busby

' … it is lightness of touch which carries his points about the unfulfilled promises of independence far more powerfully than rage or the dour functionality of political language ever can.'
Weekly Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg)

Throughout southern Africa, shebeens are where jokes are born, news is embellished and exchanged. They are unique vantage points where men go after a day's work, both to escape from the troubled world around them and to observe and comment on it. In Shebeen Tales, Zimbabwe's leading author offers a view of his country not from the privileged and insulated perspective of a well-heeled visitor, but that of the ordinary person who, with the help of dry wit and illegal beer, pokes fun at the rich and mighty. Struggling against madcap motorists, pompous bureaucrats and the other woes of life in the city, the man in the shebeen sees modern Africa as it really is, not as press releases or tourist brochures would have us believe. Hove looks straight in the eye of a society suffering from AIDS, drought and economic hardship, but does not succumb to despair. With a wry sense of humour, he celebrates a people who live life to the full, laugh and sing, tell tall tales – whatever is thrown at them. In new pieces written for this edition, he discusses the vexed issue of homosexuality in Zimbabwe and also casts an amused eye at President Mugabe's wedding.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1150 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Publisher: Serif (25 February 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00INHM5W8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find, worth the wait 28 April 2001
By lisatheratgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned of this book through reading Mr. Hove's editorials in the Zimbabwe Weekly Standard online. He is an outstanding writer and this book is a series of essays on Zimbabwean life in the 1990s. For anyone who is interested in what is happening there now, the book provides essential background. The country's problems are not new. It is often difficult for American readers to find books by contemporary African authors, and I highly recommend this one. I also recommend checking out Zimbabwe's independent papers on the Web: The Standard, the Daily News, the Independent, and the Financial Gazette. Congress is now pushing through major legislation on Zimbabwe, and the U.S. press barely mentions the country. The British press focuses on limited aspects of the situation. Read what this author has to say, he knows what he's talking about.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in Africa 5 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I read this after I left Zimbabwe, and it brought back so many memories of that beautiful country, full of resourceful people. This book is a snapshot of Zimbabwe in the 1990's, that examines so many aspects of the richly vibrant capital of Zimbabwe, Harare.