The House of Hunger:  by Dambudzo  Marechera
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The House of Hunger
This explosive, award-winning novella of growing up in colonial Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), told in exquisite, imaginative prose, touches the reader’s nerve through the author’s harrowing portrait of lives disrupted by white settlers, a young disillusioned black man, and individual suffering in the 1960s and 1970s. Marechera’s raw, piercing writings secured his place in African literature as a stylistic innovator and rebel commentator of the ghetto condition.

While The House of Hunger is the centerpiece of this collection, readers are also treated to a series of short sketches in which Marechera, with angry humor, further navigates themes of madness, violence, despair, and survival.
Table of Contents
An Interview with Himself

The House of Hunger

The Transformation of Harry / The Slow Sound of His Feet / The Christmas Reunion / Burning in the Rain / Protista / Black Skin What Mask / Thought-tracks in the Snow /The Sound of Snapping Wires / Fear and Loathing Out of Harare / Things that Go Bump in the Night / Dread in Harare