Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives

Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives

Peter Orner Annie Holmes / Nov 13, 2019

Hope Deferred Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives The fifth volume in the Voice of Witness series presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country s political economic and human rights crises This book asks the q

  • Title: Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives
  • Author: Peter Orner Annie Holmes
  • ISBN: 9781934781944
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fifth volume in the Voice of Witness series presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country s political, economic, and human rights crises This book asks the question How did a country with so much promise a stellar education system, a growing middle class of professionals, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constiThe fifth volume in the Voice of Witness series presents the narratives of Zimbabweans whose lives have been affected by the country s political, economic, and human rights crises This book asks the question How did a country with so much promise a stellar education system, a growing middle class of professionals, a sophisticated economic infrastructure, a liberal constitution, and an independent judiciary go so wrong In their own words, they recount their experiences of losing their homes, land, livelihoods, and families as a direct result of political violence They describe being tortured in detention, firebombed at home, or beaten up or raped to punish votes for the opposition Those living abroad in exile or forced to flee to neighboring countries recount their escapes, of cutting through fences, swimming across crocodile infested rivers, and entrusting themselves to human smugglers This book includes Zimbabweans of every age, class and political conviction, from farm laborers to academics, from artists and opposition leaders to ordinary Zimbabweans men and women simply trying to survive as a once thriving nation heads for collapse.

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      • Peter Orner Annie Holmes

        Peter Orner was born in Chicago and is the author of three novels Esther Stories Houghton Mifflin, 2001 , The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo Little, Brown, 2006 , and his most recent, Love and Shame and Love Little, Brown, 2011 which was recently called epic by Daniel Handler, epic like Gilgamesh, epic like a guitar solo Orner has since bought Gilgamesh and is enjoying it Love and Shame and Love is illustrated throughout by his brother Eric Orner, a comic artist and illustrator whose long time independent alt weekly strip The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green was made into a feature film in 2008 Eric Orner s work is featured this year in Best American Cartoons edited by Alison Bechdel A film version of one of Orner s stories, The Raft, is currently in production and stars Ed Asner.The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo, a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller, won the Bard Fiction Prize The novel is being translated into French, Dutch, Italian, and German The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo is set in Namibia where Orner lived and worked in the early 1990 s.Esther Stories was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award and the New York Public Library s Young Lions Award.Orner is also the editor of two non fiction books, Underground America 2008 and Hope Deferred Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives co editor Annie Holmes, 2010 , both published by McSweeney s Voice of Witness, an imprint devoted to using oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world Harper s Magazine wrote, Hope Deferred might be the most important publication out of Zimbabwe in the past thirty years Orner has published fiction in the Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, McSweeney s, The Southern Review, and various other publications Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and the Pushcart Prize Annual Orner has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations.Orner has taught at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop Visiting Professor, 2011 , University of Montana William Kittredge Visting Writer, 2009 , the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College 2009 Washington University Visiting Hurst Professor, 2008 , Bard College Bard Fiction Prize Fellowship, 2007 , Miami University Visting Professor, 2002 , Charles University in Prague Visting Law Faculty, 2000 Orner is a long time permanent faculty member at San Francisco State where he is an associate professor He would like to divide his time between a lot of places, especially San Francisco and Chicago.


    381 Comments

    1. Oh god, I think this book is even more devastating than those Holocaust essays from Vassily Grossman, because this shit is still going on. The situation in Zimbabwe is just fucking agonizing, and if not for this book, I'd have had only the vaguest idea that some weird bad shit was going down there, but because I lead a stupidly privileged life that I did nothing to earn, that would have been the extent of it.Do you know about the Voices of Witness series? It's funded by McSweeney's, and it is ab [...]


    2. Quoting Edmore, p.296: "If you did that without paying (attempt to cross a part of the border), you would end up very sorry. One man was with his wife and kids. They told him to lie on the ground and then asked that woman to lie on top of her husband. Then they did whatever they did to her. Yes, the kids saw what happened. Some other women were unfortunate too. Some of them were limping afterward. Those people who stayed behind, we never saw them again. When I think about it."Aside from that kin [...]


    3. This is a wonderful book that takes oral accounts of Zimbabwean Lives during the 00's and presents them in a compassionate and non sentimental way. While most information about Zimbabwe on the news and in the media tends to be sensational, punctuated with clichés and reductionist, Hope Deferred whilst chronicling the lives of people living in difficult conditions still leaves them with the dignity they are stripped of in the mainstream media. These oral accounts from people of all walks of life [...]


    4. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa and departing in 1997 when I was 13, I had no idea what was going on in my neighbouring country, only that people wanted to go from there to here. An excellent insight into the lives of real people and the challenges they faced. A must read


    5. Outstanding narratives of diverse individuals whose voices come alive. Provides a much needed human perspective of the political events of the last 40 years with solid background as well. Highly recommend!


    6. Yes, I know! It took me 7 months to get through this book! It was certainly NOT because the book wasn't a page-turner. In fact, I was amazed how easily I could read some stories but they were VERY tough to absorb. And I think I could only handle certain sections for a time.If anyone wants a recent historical context of Zimbabwe, this is the most personal and genuine way to learn about it. Through the story telling of multiple people from Zimbabwe, white, black, living in rural and urban you get [...]


    7. Oriana's review from January 2011 pretty much says all that can be said about this book's intensity and the way it will make you feel. Wow! You won't put it down. You will burn through it all in one night and feel awakened, outraged, and ready to buy copies for your smarter and more conscientious friends. Here's what I liked best: You know that mental block you experience when you read about "government crackdowns" and "purges" and "persecutions" in bland mainstream news coverage? You know that [...]


    8. This collection of narratives includes experiences of a wide variety of people: black and white, male and female, urban and rural, from a variety of economic and educational backgrounds, aged from 14 to 63. What all of them have in common is the destruction of their lives. These are people who lost everything, many of them were tortured, many lost people close to them, and most are still struggling to find their way forward. Some are still in Zimbabwe, some are exiles. They have seen Zimbabwe ch [...]


    9. This book makes it impossible to ignore the dreadful things that have happened in Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe's dictatorship and the devastating impact this has had on the lives of its citizens.



    10. The effect of the layered narratives provides powerful insight into Zimbabwe's political landscape. Beautifully written and compelling.


    11. I love narratives featuring individuals and their various experiences. It's a difficult -- some of the stories these survivors tell are quite horrifying -- but worth while read.


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