Writing black colonial experience in novel, The House of Hunger

House of Hunger is a compilation of stories, set in pre-colonial Zimbabwe, that is hard to separate from the life and experiences of the writer himself.

The story is set around the 1960-70s, a heated time in the history of Zimbabwe, as young black people joined the rebels to fight for the country’s independence from white minority rule.

In his stories, Dambudzo Marechera, captures in his meandering way and through graphic writing, the realities of many black people during this time, who apart from segregation had to deal with poverty which was a colonial automated reality for a black people in communities in the cities or in the villages.

As a young black woman, this novel is one of a few, where I found the possibility to reflect on what my brown skin means for me in this world and which heroes echo my existence.

With the deep, echoing statements like  ‘No, l don’t hate being black. I’m just tired of saying its beautiful’, he writes the pain that comes from racism, segregation and poverty and analyses like a surgeon the different identities of the characters in his book all the while chronicling life in the colonial ghetto.


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