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Harare North by Brian Chikwava
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Mar 01, 11

bookshelves: mystery-noir
Read from February 25 to March 01, 2011

Not mystery, but pure Zimbabwean-in-Britain noir (though I expect it is termed literary), this was quite extraordinary. Language that flows and jumps just the way people speak it and with those rhythms you can find in English as borrowed and reinvented language, Chikwava sure spins them smooth jazz numbers. But darkness lurks beneath; only gradually do you piece together what kind. It is the brutal life of the newly-arrived immigrant, banal, and yet so utterly chilling I could hardly read it at times. It was almost a relief when it all exploded and the pieces of it began to fall from the sky.

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