Author: Chenjerai Hove
A new collection of evocative and defiant poetry from one of Zimbabwe’s leading literary and political writers. The poems reflect on the plight of the individual citizen and the state of Zimbabwe, the poet’s birthplace and spiritual home. They convey empathy for those who suffer anonymous deaths at the expense of tyrannical power, and yearning for a more peaceful world and spirit of common destiny; their intention being in his words’ to persuade the heart and the soul and human body to be together and to gently cry out to the world’.
Bones is a poetic novel about the guerilla fight for freedom in Zimbabwe, but unlike a conventional novel, all the action is interior monologues — some by specific characters, others by representatives of certain types produced by colonial history, or by spirits. The story involves a mother’s love, and a lover’s yearning, for a young man who has joined the freedom fighters. Hove captures the ambivalence and conflicts of loyalties in the attitude of the peasants towards the guerillas, and underscores the state’s indifference to the lives of ordinary people.