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A Fine Madness : A Novel (Paperback)

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A Fine Madness gives an insider's perspective on the nature of war and the effect on African identities, filling a longstanding gap in the literature of Africa. Gomo combines powerful prose and poetry to reflect on Zimbabwe's struggle for independence. This first novel portrays a warrior who fights in places where the battlefronts keep changing but the enemy remains the same - and foreign influences continue to dictate the direction of his and Africa's future. Where Joseph Conrad saw darkness and death in his Heart of Darkness (set in the Congo of 1902), Gomo's narrative recounts a soldier's recent experiences of war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and documents the suffering of the victims of a bigger continual imperial war over Africa's resources - but this time the victims are recognizable as still human, loving and lovable. Gomo's work is already being compared to African classics such as Franz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth, Aime Cesaire's Discourse on Colonialism and Okot p'Bitek's Song of Lawino, Song of Ocol.

"To read A Fine Madness is to plunge into a nightmare of the recent war in the DRC which pitted Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe against Uganda and Rwanda. The narrative is the voice of an airman who participated in the war not only armed with bombs, guns and bullets but also with an encyclopedic imagination steeped in world history and inspired by a Pan Africanist vision. A must read across the globe."---Dr Rino Zhuwarara, Leading Literary Critic. Zimbabwe

"This is a masterful work...I found it powerful, as powerful as the fiction of the early Dambudzo Marechera."---Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, USA.

"I had the privilege of being the first white person and first westerner to read Gomo's manuscript. Unable to put it down, I was enchanted, challenged and immediately committed to help find a publisher for this extraordinary work. Serendipity led me to Nana Ayebia Clarke. It is immensely rewarding to have played a small part in introducing this original African philosopher and poet to readers worldwide." Fran Feamley, Managing Director, ZimArt, Canada.


Publisher Ayebia Clarke Pub Ltd
Mfg Part# 9780956240149
SKU 214874094
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0956240143
Release Date 4/30/2010
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