Nervous Conditions

Nervous Conditions

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women's rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the 'nervousness' of the 'postcolonial' conditions that bedevil us still. In Tambu and the women of her family, we African women see ourselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment and grace.

Title:Nervous Conditions
Edition Language:English
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About Tsitsi Dangarembga

Spent part of her childhood in England. She began her education there, but concluded her A-levels in a missionary school back home, in the town of Mutare. She later studied medicine at Cambridge University, but became homesick and returned home as Zimbabwe's black-majority rule began in 1980.

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    Nervous Conditions Reviews

  • Brina

    Last year I discovered the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Writing contemporary accounts of Nigerians in both Africa and in the United States and England, Adichie has becoming a leading African f...

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    Identity is a powerful concept. But how does one establish such a thing? Conventionally it develops from childhood due to an association with home and place. But what happens if your home is changing?...

  • Lisa

    "Quietly, unobtrusively and extremely fitfully, something in my mind began to assert itself, to question things and refuse to be brainwashed, bringing me to this time when I can set down this story. I...

  • Sidharth Vardhan

    It uses the old method popular among novelists of highlighting the prevalent social injustice and conditions through a shocking event - you know how Medea's killing her children reflected on patriarch...

  • Sue

    We first meet Tambudzai, or Tambu as she is more commonly called, as she talks about her brother.I was not sorry when my brother died. Nor am I apologising for my callousness, my lack of feeling. For...

  • El

    This is one of those books I went into reading not knowing anything about it, other than Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean author. I've known about the book's existence for a while, have even picked it befo...

  • Alex

    "This is the novel we have been waiting for," said Doris Lessing. "I am sure it will be a classic." And it is: it ranks on the ASC's Top 12 of 20th Century Africa. What Lessing was waiting for was fem...

  • Zanna

    This book takes its title and epigraph from an introduction to The Wretched of the Earth, which I've been reading slowly for several weeks. It was really wonderful to read this, partly as an illustrat...

  • Samir Rawas Sarayji

    Some texts have been studied, reviewed, analyzed, and criticized so much that there is little left to say about them—Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga is such a text. All that is left for now...

  • Chinook

    Holy fuck, this blew my mind. I suppose what really got me was watching a young girl in an extremely male dominated world try to work her way through it to succeed in spite of a lot of adversity. And ...