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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? 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. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Heinemann Educational Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Black Sunlightplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 26, Aberjhani rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 Hungeris 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 Hungeris 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 SoyinkaJames Joyceand Samuel Becketthis 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 Sep 16, Beata Bowen rated it really liked it Shelves: 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: But then again, I never read Joyce.
Aug 19, Ben Winch rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Jun 07, Benjamin rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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 dambudxo I could escape Hegel and Whitman but Dambudzo somehow weaved them into marechwra 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? 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 mmarechera the movement the dictatorship of blackness in Zimbabwe? I don’t think I really care to know either. There is dambuezo about this book that seems utterly broken yet unified. Something like a broken stain glass windows super glued together.
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. Oct 28, AH rated it it was amazing. 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: 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. Dec 30, Lula marked it as potential-to-read Shelves: Jun 26, Suzanne Ondrus rated it it was amazing. This book is awesome!!!
It’s narrated from the p. Mar 28, Mpumi Sithole rated it really liked it.
Not easy to follow though Sep 16, Philisiwe Twijnstra rated it really liked it. Honestly, not an easy book if you in hurry Jul 16, Leland Pitts-Gonzalez rated it it was amazing. So energetic and stylized.
I haven’t read it in years, but simply reading the title makes me excited. Sep 08, Rob Lloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: Both brutal and beautiful at times. Jun 15, Cat rated it liked it. The astonishing fluency of Marachera! Here’s a writer whose words drop mental and violent on the page. You hear the words so vividly and feel all over again, the ringing of your own mraechera.
Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it really liked it May 15, bu Anuary Sitoe rated it it was amazing Nov 06, Byy rated it really liked it Dec 03, Baba Farai rated it it was amazing Oct 12, Sdoorbar rated it really liked it May 14, Godwin Sweto rated it really liked it Feb 19, Amber Finstad rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Tarisai Jaraga rated it did not like it Apr 30, Tinashe rated it really liked it Aug 15,