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By Tsitsi Dangarembga

A contemporary vintage within the African literary canon and voted within the best Ten Africa’s a hundred top Books of the twentieth Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization concept the power of women’s rights. an awfully well-crafted paintings, this publication is a piece of imaginative and prescient. via its deft negotiation of race, type, gender and cultural swap, it dramatizes the ‘nervousness’ of the ‘postcolonial’ stipulations that bedevil us nonetheless. In Tambu and the ladies of her relatives, we African girls see ourselves, no matter if at domestic or displaced, doing day-by-day conflict with our altering global with a mix of tenacity, bewilderment and charm.

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