Strife by Shimmer Chinodya

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A rich, densely written novel, Strife examines one family’s responses to destiny. Tracing the Gwanagara’s roots back over a century, Chinodya interweaves past and the present, juxtaposing incidents, ailments and treatments never forgotten or resolved, revealing how memory becomes an actor in lived time. Chinodya provides a dark exposé of the tension between modernity and tradition. He explores the powerful draw that these sometimes conflicting ideologies exercise over an emerging middle-class that at once yearns for autonomy and unconsciously desires the irresponsibility of an all-pervading destiny. Strife is a novel that has to be read by anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Zimbabwean culture in the twenty-first century.

ISBN: 978 1 77922 058 5
pp. 224; 208 x 135 mm
Winner of the NAMA Award, 2007 and the NOMA Award, 2007