The House of Hunger has ratings and 42 reviews. Keith Mark said: When I was reading House of Hunger, I thought to myself that in our class discussion. PDF | In a description of nationalist poems about “a golden age of black heroes; of myths and legends and sprites” (Marechera 74), the narrator. DAMBUDZO MARECHERA’S. THE HOUSE OF HUNGER AND BLACK SUNLIGHT. KERRY VINCENT ybridity, according to many critics, is the defining mark of.

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Aug 29, Mike Cahoon rated it liked it. The House of Hunger is a short story collection that was the first book by Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera —published three years after he left university. Much of it is memorable, and I’m glad I’ve read it, but it is troubling.

The House of Hunger

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rather it implies a more far reaching and figurative hunger of the soul — hungee vacuous yearning and emptiness within the national consciousness, aspiring for more but held back by poverty and corruption.

A sort of constant limbo between his homeland of Rhodesia and Britain. He was separated from the inhabitants of his township by education he won a scholarship to the first Rhodesian public school to admit black pupilsseparated from his homeland by exile, from his fellows at Oxford by racism, and finally, on his return to Zimbabwe after independencefrom those who had fought while he lived in London.

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Y se llamaba Odio. I think this novel brings those horrors to a much needed larger group of observers.

To view it, click here. The book was said to set a new path in African writing and Marechera was hailed as a witness and a prophet. Aug 02, Melanie added it Shelves: Rather it implies a mor I really enjoyed this book, its a great read. The author, who died at the age of 35, writes wonderfully imaginative similes. Jan 07, Bwesigye bwa Ov added it. To ask other readers questions about The House of Hungerplease sign up.


In this short, devastating masterpiece, the narrator, an artist, struggles to come to terms with the consecutive violent deaths of his father and mother.

The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera

Totally worth reading a few times. Well a tid bit of the history of Zim through the Marechera kalideoscope. Housee brilliant student, he received a scholarship to read English at New College, Oxford, to which he responded with extreme alienation and was to be sent down in his second year for a series of provocations, including threats to burn down New College.

The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera. But what some see as wilful or naive complication is, for Marechea, an honest accounting of his reality.

I don’t think you can “like” or “dislike” this text because it’s a disturbing, unsettling and thought-provoking read. Jun 17, David Jakana rated it it was amazing. The short stories are sublime. Dabmudzo of the finest books ever written.

A brief survey of the short story, part 54: Dambudzo Marechera

In the prefatory essay to The House of Hunger — a collection including the eponymous novella and eleven other aphoristic, semi-autobiographical sketches houee the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera sets out his relationship with the English language. As Marechera’s alter ego in The Black Insider states, “To write as though only one kind of reality subsists in the world is to act out a mentally retarded mime, for a mentally deficient audience”.

The House of Hunger is as much a product of being down and out sleeping rough, being beaten up by thugs and policeman alike and struggling with alcoholism, as it is of the Rhodesia it describes Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The sense of futility sprang from the ethnic polarization of the liberation struggle as well the violence perpetrated by the guerrillas against civillians. Famous for his unconventional life as much as for his work, Marechera has become something of a cult figure in certain circles in Zimbabwe, a country whose political developments have fulfilled his prescient political vision.


The maddening high-pitched needles were coming from Harry. O’Neill rated it really liked it. Marechera stands out among the “lost generation” by his experimental, non-realist style, his deconstruction of housw ‘African’ and ‘Western’ epistemologies as systems of power, his unceasing insistence on the marecheea of the writer as intellectual anarchist, and his attack, even after independence, on the emergent Zimbabwean national identity.

Nov 13, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 15, Stacy-Ann rated it it was amazing.

It’s not surprising that he didn’t take well to being a feted author in London society. Marechera belongs to the so-called second generation of Zimbabwean writers who published their major works in the s and s. This perhaps is in the undergrowth of my experimental use of English, standing it on its head, brutalizing it into a more malleable shape for my own purposes. Known as the “enfant terrible marechrea African literature” and “Africa’s response to Joyce”, Dambudzo Marechera has been dismissed by some as mad and applauded by others as a genius.