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The Clash of the Titans and Other Short Stories

Christopher M. Mabeza

Publication Year: 2014

The Clash of the Titans and Other Short Stories is a sundry, marvellous collection of short stories that reflect and capture diverse life experiences. Mabeza and Mawere offer with great dexterousness a snapshot, richness, and practical potentialities of childhood to adulthood experiences in shaping, inspiring and influencing moral rectitude, industriousness and determination. This is an incisive and invigorating exposÈ steeped in candour and earnestness. For aficionados of creative writing, cognoscenti, students and instructors of English Literature, this is a collection to enjoy and cherish.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. iii-iv

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1. The Clash of the Titans

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pp. 1-4

Life in the rural areas was fascinating especially for young boys of my age. This was during the golden days in the rural areas before life was not yet much ‘diluted’ as is with Westernisation and globalisation. Assisting in herding cattle once in a while meant the opportunity to harvest wild fruits, swim in shallow rivers, ...

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2. When University Graduates Were Royalty

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pp. 5-8

University graduates were a rare breed among the so-called blacks in colonial Zimbabwe. So-called blacks because I don’t believe there exist black people but chocolate skinned people. Neither do I believe there exist white people but pink skinned people as far as colour definitions are concerned. ...

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3. The Story of ‘Keluto’ the Fisherman

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pp. 9-12

Our neighbour, Hwiza Mombe was of the zebra (dube) totem and thus earned himself a relationship with the Marasa family of the dube totem. By virtue of him being younger than our father, Hwiza (as his name was pronounced) was our uncle. He would come home and assist with many chores like ploughing, weeding etc. ...

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4. From Reveller to Revelation

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pp. 13-24

Graduating from high school meant a sense of ‘liberation’ from the stranglehold of parents. One would begin experimenting in many vices which potentially could ruin one’s life. It so happened that after I finished my secondary education, I enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe to begin my undergraduate studies. ...

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5. The Television Wars

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pp. 25-26

During the 80s, growing-up in rural Zimbabwe was very exciting. One would never feel lonely because of the lots of entertainment that the youths used to enjoy. Part of the activities involved playing plastic balls with friends, herding cattle, harvesting wild fruit and listening to ngano – folktales told by grandparents at night. ...

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6. Bliss Was It in That Dawn to Be Alive

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pp. 27-36

When I saw the inscription ‘Welcome to Dadaya High School’, on an emotional return to my former school, I suddenly remembered the lyrics ‘Maborder anoramba, anoramba Mwari Baba, tichambomwawo koro […] maticha anoramba, anoramba Mwari Baba, tichambodzidzisa maths [...]’. ...

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7. The Fashion Addicts of Silveira Mission School

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pp. 37-38

Saturday meant many things to many students in the early 80’s during our heydays at Silveira Mission School. To some it was a golden opportunity to ‘loosen up’ by imbibing the holy waters of immortality. Others from Zvishavane, Mberengwa, Chivi, Zaka, and Gutu who had experienced the liberation struggle would take illicit drugs. ...

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8. Reviled by Some and Embraced by Many: The Story of Kunga Vhovho

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pp. 39-42

As I was growing up in the 70’s each village had ‘specialists’ in their own areas of interest. Some were ‘specialists’ in digging anthills, some in harvesting honey, some as blacksmiths while others were famed for digging wells. My cousin brother, Kunga Vhovho had made a name for himself as ‘Jaguar’ the snake charmer. ...

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9. The Triumphal Return of the Forgotten Muchoni

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pp. 43-44

When I was growing up, I used to hear that there was a kinsman of ours, Spikita (now known as Muchoni – the long gone), who had ventured into the urban areas in the 1960’s and never to be seen again. Muchoni had been notorious for ‘witching’ so we heard. ...

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956792009
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956791590

Page Count: 50
Publication Year: 2014