Nervous Conditions

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By Tsitsi Dangarembga

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, the novel Nervous Conditions brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights.

Two decades before Zimbabwe would win independence and end white minority rule, thirteen-year-old Tambudzai Sigauke embarks on her education. On her shoulders rest the economic hopes of her parents, siblings, and extended family, and within her burns the desire for independence. She yearns to be free of the constraints of her rural village and thinks she's found her way out when her wealthy uncle offers to sponsor her schooling. But she soon learns that the education she receives at his mission school comes with a price.

Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender, and cultural change, this novel dramatizes the ‘nervousness’ of the ‘postcolonial’ conditions that bedevil us still. In Tambu and the women of her family, African women see themselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment, and grace.

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Product Details

  • Paperback Edition
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: May 18, 2021
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.5(w) x 8.2(h)
  • Item weight: 1.00 lbs