Dambudzo Marechera could transform everyday language into a tortured scream for sanity or mold it into a seductive poetry of passGenius 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 1970s 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 Hunger, is 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 Soyinka, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett, his 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 1987.