The Place of Tears


Ranka Primorac‘s new book, The Place of Tears, is the only recent monographic treatment of the Zimbabwean novel and its political implications. It examines all the published novels of the recently-deceased Yvonne Vera (d. April 2005), as well as major novels of five other internationally-acclaimed Zimbabwean writers, including Tsitsi Dangarembga and Chenjerai Hove, and does so against a political backdrop which goes right up to the March 2005 parliamentary elections.

The Place of Tears provides a modern and original historical account of post-independence Zimbabwean writing and its relationship to history and politics. The critical investigation focuses on fictional representations of space-time – which links the book to the tragically topical Zimbabwean issue of land.

Ranka Primorac has published extensively on Zimbabwean literature and brings to her work a deep contextual richness as well as theoretical sophistication.

The Place of Tears
Ranka Primorac
Weaver Press
2006:142 x 222; 142pp
ISBN: 1 177922 051 0

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