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Short Writings from Bulawayo

Jane Morris

Publication Year: 2008

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.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Preface

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p. iv-iv

Short Writings from Bulawayo is a book of stories, poems and non-fiction pieces. The collection tells of many things: of family and friendship, of fear and death, of . . .

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Shadows

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pp. 1-3

A cock crowed in the old woman’s dreams. It was a long, dry sound that petered out to three sharp knocks on the door of her hut. Instinctively, . . .

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White Man Walking

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pp. 4-6

He was striding down the pedestrian track between Ruskin Road and the Hillside School playing field. I was cycling in the other direction, on my way . . .

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The Little House e

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pp. 7-10

God’s Stepchildren are scattered throughout Southern Africa, with the loving abandon only He can sow. From the fairest Cape to the mighty Zambezi we flowered . . .

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Evil That Fathers Do

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p. 11-11

The door squeaked as it slowly opened. In two or three pulses it lost its movement and its irritating noise died. An adult size figure in complete blackness . . .

Longings

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pp. 12-15

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Ever Smart

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pp. 16-21

A cat jumped up and knocked the sculpture over. The head and neck broke off. I was very sad. The tortoise torso is still attached to the legs and stands there . . .

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The Hand of Darkness

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pp. 22-34

Tsano Khaya cursed silently to himself under his breath at the sweltering Bulawayo summer weather as he wiped his sweaty brow with the back of . . .

Bush Cucumber

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p. 35-35

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The Bar

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pp. 36-39

The bar. A place to see and be seen. Bulawayo bars are something else. Even as you get to the door, invariably covered by a black cloth that has definitely . . .

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The Queue

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pp. 40-54

From her window, Mrs Atkinson looked out across the garden. The yellowing rag of a lawn stretched down to the washing line, and beyond that lay . . .

Rain in Winter

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p. 55-55

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The Witch

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pp. 56-59

“She is the witch!” he whispered with a hoarse voice. An eerie silence swallowed the whole village as he picked up a huge round stone and aimed it at . . .

The Erl-king

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p. 60-60

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True Love

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pp. 61-66

Last Saturday afternoon, I lavished my girl with the highest love expression ever uttered. “I love you,” I cooed, as we walked side by side, “as much . . .

Man in Stocking

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p. 67-67

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A Seed of Hope

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pp. 68-74

Back in the days when the zeal for the Chimurenga incessantly simmered in his blood with such lively vigour, fellow fighters had given him the . . .

Reverie on a Dark Beauty

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p. 75-75

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Bicycles and the Social History of Bulawayo

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pp. 76-81

The University philosopher, David Kaulemu, has recently discussed the ‘early history of the bicycle as a technical object’. Kaulemu says that the bicycle . . .

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The Boxing Day Clashes of 1929

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pp. 82-87

Makokoba, 1929. Reeking air pervades the entire place. Swarms of green flies, green bombers they call them, add to the unwholesome atmosphere. These . . .

One Man’s View of the World. Reflections on a plan to return Rhodes’ bones to England

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pp. 88-89

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Developing Rhodes’ Grave

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pp. 90-94

Cecil John Rhodes died on the 26 March 1902. He had made his fortune in South Africa and had at one time been the Prime Minister of the Cape Province. He . . .

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On a Day Like This

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pp. 95-100

On a day like this, it will be a full house at home. She is saying. This lady I hardly know. Skha, this lady I just met. My friend Sthwa, he introduced . . .

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Grandfather’s Birthday

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pp. 101-107

Grandfather had dreamed last night; dreamed of death, and awakened slowly, with a deep sense of peace. This morning he squatted where . . .

Bhalagwe

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pp. 108-110

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Mtagati Mkulu

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pp. 111-121

The camp was on the bank overlooking the river. A tent was stretched between two stout poles and suspended with canvas loops from a cross-member, and . . .

Prima Donna

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p. 122-122

The Apple Tree

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p. 123-123

Tuli

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pp. 124-127

Contributors

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pp. 129-134

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780797443310
Print-ISBN-13: 9780797425408

Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2008

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