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Short Writings from Bulawayo
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Short Writings from Bulawayo won the Literature in English category at the 2005 Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association awards. It is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces that are evocative of Zimbabwe's second city and its rural surroundings. The collection from 23 contributors tells of many things: of family and friendship, or fear and death, or witches and spirits, of hunger and drought, of dreams and aspirations, of leaving home and leaving Zimbabwe, of queues and loneliness, of football and bicycles and of growing old and of love. A unifying theme of many of the stories and poems is loss - of innocence, of purpose, of love, of culture, of belonging, and of life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. iv-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Shadows
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. White Man Walking
  2. pp. 4-6
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  1. The Little House e
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Evil That Fathers Do
  2. pp. 11-11
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  1. Longings
  2. pp. 12-15
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  1. Ever Smart
  2. pp. 16-21
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  1. The Hand of Darkness
  2. pp. 22-34
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  1. Bush Cucumber
  2. pp. 35-35
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  1. The Bar
  2. pp. 36-39
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  1. The Queue
  2. pp. 40-54
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  1. Rain in Winter
  2. pp. 55-55
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  1. The Witch
  2. pp. 56-59
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  1. The Erl-king
  2. pp. 60-60
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  1. True Love
  2. pp. 61-66
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  1. Man in Stocking
  2. pp. 67-67
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  1. A Seed of Hope
  2. pp. 68-74
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  1. Reverie on a Dark Beauty
  2. pp. 75-75
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  1. Bicycles and the Social History of Bulawayo
  2. pp. 76-81
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  1. The Boxing Day Clashes of 1929
  2. pp. 82-87
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  1. One Man’s View of the World. Reflections on a plan to return Rhodes’ bones to England
  2. pp. 88-89
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  1. Developing Rhodes’ Grave
  2. pp. 90-94
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  1. On a Day Like This
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. Grandfather’s Birthday
  2. pp. 101-107
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  1. Bhalagwe
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. Mtagati Mkulu
  2. pp. 111-121
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  1. Prima Donna
  2. pp. 122-122
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  1. The Apple Tree
  2. pp. 123-123
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  1. Tuli
  2. pp. 124-127
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 129-134
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  1. Back Cover
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