EXCERPT |They Called You Dambudzo by Flora Veit-Wild

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Dambudzo Marechera.( Photograph: Peter Johns)
Dambudzo Marechera.( Photograph: Peter Johns)

Published by Jacana, this book is centred around the author’s relationship with the late Zimbabwean writer, Dambudzo Marechera, whose award-winning book The House of Hunger marked him as a powerful, disruptive, perhaps prophetic voice in African literature. 

The memoir explores this: the couple’s first encounter in 1983, amidst the euphoria of the newly independent Zimbabwe; the tumultuous months when the homeless writer moved in with his lover and her family; the bouts of creativity once he had his own flat followed by feelings of abandonment; the increasing despair about a love affair that could not stand up against reality and the illness of the writer and his death of HIV related pneumonia in August 1987.

Below is an excerpt. 

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