Magazine article New Internationalist

Long Time Coming

Magazine article New Internationalist

Long Time Coming

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Long Time Coming Short Writings from Zimbabwe edited by Jane Morris (amaBooks, ISBN 9780797436442)

It is little short of miraculous that, despite the disease, oppression and hyper-inflation that is the reality of today's Zimbabwe, writers are writing and publishers are publishing. With even the much-derided official inflation rate in the multi-million per cent bracket, I have no idea how 'amaBooks, who are based in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo, have managed to raise the resources to publish this volume but I do know they deserve the highest possible praise for doing so. They describe these short stories and poems by 33 writers who live in or have a connection with Bulawayo as 'snapshots... of a country where shops have no food, banks no money, hospitals no drugs, bars no beer.' Each piece here - and they are miniature marvels, with no story longer than eight pages - vividly illuminates an aspect of what it is actually like to live in a country that has been systematically looted and stripped of functioning organizations. …

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