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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Black Sunlight by Dambudzo Marechera. Black Sunlight by Dambudzo Marechera. The photographer does not take sides; he just takes "House of Hunger" not only won The Guardian fiction prize but stunned the imagination of readers with its view of the slums of colonial Salisbury. The photographer does not take sides; he just takes the press photographs.
The protagonist is photojournalist Chris, whose camera lens becomes the device through which the plot is cleverly unraveled. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Heinemann Educational Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Black Sunlight , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Black Sunlight. Jul 16, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez rated it it was amazing. Simply said: more people need to read this book. So energetic and stylized.
I haven't read it in years, but simply reading the title makes me excited. Utterly original. Sep 16, Beata rated it really liked it Shelves: , fiction. A very strange little book, about a Black Sunlight, a terrorist organization or a group of freedom fighters, I'm not ever sure The narrator is named Christian, a photographer, who 's there to document the violence and to have sex with just about every member of the group, while his blind wife "watches".
To be clear, for most of this slim but heavy volume I had no idea what was happening. At one point Christian meets his double and has a philosophical conversation about the nature of violenc A very strange little book, about a Black Sunlight, a terrorist organization or a group of freedom fighters, I'm not ever sure At one point Christian meets his double and has a philosophical conversation about the nature of violence, but mostly it is just unedited stream of consciousness with a dubious use of the "I" instead of "me"; as in: "for Susan and I.
But then again, I never read Joyce. Aug 19, Ben Winch rated it did not like it Shelves: african , problematic , rhodesian. I hated this. It read, to me, like any s would-be revolutionary with no prose-writing talent but a whole head full of diatribe and spleen.
Also, I sensed it had been edited into near-submission by an Anglo who hated it as much as I did and wanted only to blandify it for the masses. Absolute zero prose innovation here, just another angry polemic. Jul 26, Aberjhani rated it it was amazing Shelves: guardian , fiction , prize , author , authors , literary , african , writers , series. Genius in Full Flower Dambudzo Marechera could transform everyday language into a tortured scream for sanity or mold it into a seductive poetry of passionate need and joyful determination.
The extremes of political chaos and spiritual urgency that characterized s Zimbabwe illuminate the pages of Black Sunlight with unblinking honesty and desperately clinging hope. This small masterpiece, along with his Guardian-prize winning House of Hunger , is one of the most powerful books ever penned by a Genius in Full Flower Dambudzo Marechera could transform everyday language into a tortured scream for sanity or mold it into a seductive poetry of passionate need and joyful determination.
This small masterpiece, along with his Guardian-prize winning House of Hunger , is one of the most powerful books ever penned by a Zimbabwean writer and gives testimony to why so many readers worldwide are "discovering" marcher's prose and poetry during this 21st-century resurgence of interest in his work. Black Sunlight is a book for lovers of serious accomplished literature, and although Marechera's style has drawn comparison to such authors as Wole Soyinka , James Joyce , and Samuel Beckett , his genius is really singular and deserves to be recognized as such.
One can only imagine what masterworks were lost to the world after he died of aids, when his genius was in full flower, at the age of 35 in It is thought to be less complete than "The House of Hunger" and often viewed as something of a failed experiment.
This is not the case, however, and "Black Sunlight" deserves serious consideration as an original, modern masterpiece. The novel--taking something from Milton's phrase, "darkness visible"--is a study of modern melancholy and the darker side of the human psyche.
Nov 25, Elie rated it it was amazing Shelves: africa , fiction. This book is bloody fantastic, with an edginess to the narrative that makes it raw, titillating and impossible to put down. Sometimes, though, it veers into reference-strewn stream-of-consciousness which I found forgivable but tiring. This is the best book of African fiction I've read by far, and I plan on tracking down everything this man wrote. Nov 12, Pete Young rated it liked it.
A photojournalist whose name may or may not be Christian becomes connected to a violent rebel organisation that may or may not be called Black Sunlight, in a country that may or may not be Zimbabwe. What Marechera is doing in this odd and, yes, awkward book is explore anarchism as an intellectual position.
One surprise was that he name-checked John Wyndham and Clark Ashton Smith, although not in a particularly complimentary way. I bought it expectin this truly is the most depressing book I've read in a long time; reading it made me feel way older than I am. I bought it expecting a novel, but actually got a highly philosophical poem with the opening chapters only resembling a novel.
Black Sunlight is too much at once. There were no masterpieces without aggression. Syntax, the adverb, and punctuation marks were to be abolished. Poetry had to be a continuous succession of images. New images. There were no such things as elegant and vulgar images. Intuition, which assimilates images, knew no privilege, or distinction. The principle of maximum disorder was the sole function of order in a poem.
I thought I could escape Hegel and Whitman but Dambudzo somehow weaved them into this demonic chapter. I am adding this book to the poetry shelf. The latter part of this novel is straight up prose poetry. Do I know what I just read? Not really. A poetic statement? An essay on the radical violent nature of the imagination and ideology? The separation of the individual from the unfolding of history? A look back over the liberation of Zimbabwe?
A vicious attack on language? An attempt to undue Jesus. An attempt to undue the violence of language? An attempt to strike against the movement the dictatorship of blackness in Zimbabwe? I don't know. I don't think I really care to know either. There is something about this book that seems utterly broken yet unified. Something like a broken stain glass windows super glued together. I think? I haven't read Joyce before but from what I hear this feeling is quite similar.
This feeling of awe at the genius of the sentence construction but perplexed and unsure whether or not it's meaning is clear. Isn't intuition Oct 28, AH rated it it was amazing.
Intellectual anarchism is full of contradictions in the sense that it can never achieve its goals. If it achieves any goal at all, then it is no longer anarchism. And so one has to be in a perpetual state of change, without holding on to any certainties. And that element I put across very seriously as well as in a very frivolous vein. Everything political becomes personal, everything personal becomes political, but the four are in a state of continuous tension, and therefore almost everything one says or does reeks actually of sex. A bullet can be a heavy sexual image. A bomb can be like the eruption of sperm in the womb.
The writings of this precocious but short-lived literary talent from Zimbabwe have been described as "the work of a tortured genius. His writing is very introspective, with a keen interest in exploring the inner workings of his protagonists. He does not romanticize the African past nor glorify the African personality. Yet, while his work does not seem preoccupied with inequities in African society, it does display a deep disillusionment and cynicism. An element of resignation reveals, on closer examination, an attempt to hide the sensitivity of his characters, whose behavior can be seen as a defense mechanism against the chaos, senselessness, and brutality of life.
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