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The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories
The repressive regime in Ethiopia places innocent people in the dock. In 'The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor' and related stories Hama Tuma puts the regime itself on trial. Other stories take place outside the courtroom - in bars, brothels, guerilla hideouts and village huts - where life is equally full of vengeance and betrayal. These are terrible tales, their darkness ...more
Paperback, 225 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Apr 30, 2016 the gift rated it it was amazing
180618: most short story or essay collections are of varying qualities. i will not say all of these stories are excellent- but none are less than very good satire, social, political, absurdities, whether expressed in the judicial cases brought in the first half or the short stories often ending in murder of various characters in the second half. the author has a sharp ear for bureaucratese, for inherent comic tone, for telling the stories each in the right way, varying from deadpan to magical re ...more
Divided into two sections. The first section telling the about court room trials in post revolution Communist Ethiopia and the second section telling stories outside the court. An insiders account of the grim realities in a land where the people who are Black don't consider themselves to be as black as the others and suffer from prejudices and an oppressive regime without having any power to revolt against it.