African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

A hugely own tale of the eminent British author returning to her African roots that's "brilliant . . . [and] captures the contradictions of a tender country."--New York instances booklet Review

Because Lessing grew up in Zimbabwe, she has drawn upon her African reports in lots of of her writings, together with Going domestic (1957. o.p.), the tale of her go back to a land nonetheless governed by means of a white minority. This time, she returns to an self sustaining Zimbabwe in 1982 to be greeted via The Monologue: white proceedings approximately black ineptitude. next journeys in 1988 and 1989 specialize in black frustration with the slowness of swap ("Why can't Mugabe leader of nation do whatever approximately . . . ?") in addition to with corruption. A 1992 replace ends the ebook on a somber word: monetary decline, drought, and AIDS. this is often really a desirable examine lifestyles in Zimbabwe from anyone who has an intimate wisdom of the rustic. African Laughter is very instructed.
- Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst. Lib., Stanford, Cal.

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In some communities, different words are used for muti that destroys; for example, among the Bemba-speaking people of the north, the word bwanga (charm) is used. It may refer to a charm used for harmful, illicit, and antisocial purposes. FAMILIARS What follows is epistemologically based on narratives from people that have been affected by or are infected with the HIV virus. It is knowledge worth recording and worth referring to in the quest to reduce HIV infection. Witches may use familiars to harm their victims.

NON-FAMILIARS Kan’gonshya Among the Shila people of Luapula province, witches inject the stem of a banana with muti, which causes kan’gonshya (slimming) while uttering the name of the intended victim. As the fluid dries out of the banana stem, it shrinks, dies, and rots. The human victim experiences the same fate. Body fluids are lost through diarrhea and vomiting, and the person dies. Kapenta A witch may collect soil from the footprints of a victim and mix it with a silver cyprinid (kapenta) and some muti and then cast a spell as he or she fries it.

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