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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The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera

Winner of the Guardian fiction prize, this novella and nine short stories describe life marecheda a Zimbabwean township. They are about the brutalization of the individual’s mental processes, until madness, violence and despair become the normal state of affairs for families in black urban areas.

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Simba Mabuzani It’s not very straightforward. See 1 question about The House of Hunger…. Lists with This Book. Oct 29, Keith Mark rated it liked it. When I was reading House of Hunger, I thought to myself that in our class discussion on Tuesday, many people are going to criticize the novella for anti-feminist characteristics.

I don’t know if the entire novella should be branded with this label just because of certain parts? The same houae also be said if someone has autistic tendencies, then doesn’t automatically mean they are autistic. For example, after explaining a unsatisfactory experience of being left in charge of Julia’s best friend, he When I was reading House of Hunger, I thought to myself that in our class discussion on Tuesday, many people are going to criticize the novella for anti-feminist characteristics.

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For example, after explaining a unsatisfactory experience of being left in charge of Julia’s best friend, he states, “The experience left me marked by an irreverent disgust for women which has never left me.

Never again would I suffer wholeheartedly for any women” 5. Moreover, on page 8: And yet it was I who had started it all. In contrast, at one point the narrator explains how Immaculate “made [him: Even though “the rock and grit of the earth denied this,” the attempt still remains and it was inspired by a woman One facet of House of Hunger that I found especially interesting is the religious allusions and on page 56, that is combined with a first-hand description of a prostitute “suck[ing: Lastly, “he would make [her: I think this juxtaposition of a prostitute’s paid sexual act with religious piety.

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One is sacred and one is not. Growing up in colonial Rhodesia now Zimbabwe! The short stories are sublime. The author, who died at the age of 35, writes wonderfully imaginative similes. I stoned them with the rocks of fear” p. Jun 15, Stacy-Ann rated it it was amazing.

I really enjoyed this book, its a great read. It is a short story collection that was the first book by Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera. 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 Rather it implies a mor I really enjoyed this book, its a great read.

Rather it implies a more far reaching and figurative hunger of the soul — the vacuous yearning and emptiness within the national consciousness, aspiring for more but held back by poverty and corruption. Nov 04, Kobe Bryant rated it liked it. Its cool because its about Zimbabwe.

Sep 05, Linda rated it liked it Shelves: To read The House of Hunger is to step into the violence of Rhodesia, engaged in a civil war, with a government on the brink of collapse. Marechera was a brilliant writer and his ‘The House of Hunger’ was and still is an invaluable piece of literature for Zimbabwe.

I don’t think you can “like” or “dislike” this text because it’s a disturbing, unsettling and thought-provoking read.

Nov 13, John rated it liked it. I first heard of Marechera from BBC radio 4. A native Rhodesian grew up in a dysfunctional family, experienced violence, explicitly sexual promiscuity and racial segregation. These profound experiences had shaped his rebellious and iconoclastic personalities. Jun 02, Noel Kus rated it really liked it.

Well a tid bit of the history of Zim through the Marechera kalideoscope. Each time you shack it you meet a different aparition. I see great paralels with Dostoveyski. Jan 07, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire added it. Dambudzo is another name for language. Nov 07, Adam rated it really liked it. Jul 11, jay rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the finest books ever written. Sharp, incisive and baring of the soul.

Jun 25, J. O’Neill rated it really liked it. Zimbabwe does not seem like a wonderful place to live. The struggle of the common citizen to find their place in an almost lawless society where adolescence sex, drug and alcohol abuse, rape, and poverty are everyday regular occurrences. The entire narrative is thought provoking and speaks about racism as well as dysphoria for one’s own people and society. I have heard some arguments that this novel is sexist. I have to disagree.

I think it sheds light on the disgusting truth of what happened in Zimbabwe does not seem like a wonderful place to live. I think it sheds light on the disgusting truth of what happened in Rhodesia, that the horrors women endure are unfortunately common place. I think this novel brings those horrors to a much needed larger group of observers. Hopefully one day the abuse will stop. The House of Hunger is written in an almost Kafkaesque flow of consciousness style narrative where everything is miserable and there is no hope.

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The narrator is in a constant struggle with his own identity. He is not only aware of his self-loathing but so are others. The tie in short stories help expand and give clarity to the bleak universe the narrator lives in. A sort of constant limbo between his homeland of Rhodesia and Britain. Of the shorts I enjoyed Protista the most.

It was a surreal look at exile and the madness it causes. The final Harare trilogy, as I have marecgera to call it, ties the book together with the narrator returning home make for a depressing ending. The last short consisting of a conversation between a Rasta and a cop about what abuse and corruption really mean at their core.

Mar 13, Gautam Bhatia rated it really liked it. In the prefatory essay to The House of Hunger — a collection including the eponymous novella and eleven other aphoristic, semi-autobiographical sketches — the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera sets out his relationship with the English language. At the same time of course there was dambjdzo unease, the shock of being suddenly struck by stuttering, of be In the prefatory essay to The House of Hunger — a collection including the eponymous dambuvzo and eleven other aphoristic, semi-autobiographical sketches — the Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera sets out his relationship with the English language.

At the same time of course there was the unease, the shock of being suddenly struck by stuttering, of being deserted by the very medium I was to use in all my art. 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. For a black writer the language is very racist; you have to have harrowing fights and hair-raising panga duels with the language before you can make it do all that you want it to do.

It is so for the feminists.

The House of Hunger

English is very male. Hence feminist writers also adopt the same tactics. This may mean discarding grammar, throwing syntax out, subverting images from within, beating the drum and cymbals of rhythm, developing torture chambers of irony and sarcasmgas ovens of limitless black resonance.

Read full review here: Aug 29, Mike Cahoon rated it liked it. The House of Hunger I’m only reviewing the novella, not the additional stories is written in a beautiful, brutal, style.

It’s easy to pick up that Marechera was a poet as well, the novel is atmospheric, slightly non-linear, and uses hokse abstract language. If you like a good story, this book’s probably not for you. Where the book is successful is delivering impressions of violence and degradation in post-independance Zimbabwe.