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This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

This Mournable Body

Tsitsi Dangarembga

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Imprint: Graywolf Press,U.S.
Publisher: Graywolf Press,U.S.
Publication date: 29 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781555978129
3 stars out of 5
Lara Feigel
12 Jan 2020

"Throughout, a lot of the interest is in the parallel arcs of worldly success and moral worth."

Throughout, a lot of the interest is in the parallel arcs of worldly success and moral worth. These are tellingly disconnected: it’s when Tambu’s fortunes are relatively stable that she performs her most morally shocking act. It’s hard to reconcile morality and survival, especially in a hybrid culture where the moral frameworks of the Shona villages and white society in Harare have not been well aligned. If there is progress amid the book’s structure, then it’s in Tambu’s realisation that she must learn to balance prosperity and kindness. “Sometimes your own good is the common good,” Tambu’s cousin tells her. This isn’t often true, but when it is, a more tempting world half-promises to emerge.

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