A unique and stylish contribution to the social history of African cities and Zimbabwean cultural life.
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This book is designed as a tribute and response to Yvonne Vera's famous novel
Butterfly Burning, which is set in the Bulawayo townships in 1946 and dedicated to the author. It is an attempt to explorewhat historical research and reconstruction can add to the literary imagination.
Responding as it does to a novel, this history imitates some fictional modes. Two of its chapters are in effect 'scenes', dealing with brief periods of intense activity. Others are in effect biographies of 'characters'. The book draws upon and quotes from a rich body of urban oral memory. In addition to this historical/literary interaction the book is a contribution to the historiography of southern African cities, bringing out the experiential and cultural dimensions, and combining black and white urban social history.
TERENCE RANGER was Emeritus Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, University of Oxford and author of many books including
Writing Revolt, Are we not also Men? (1995), Voices from the Rocks (1999) and was co-editor of Violence and Memory (2000).
Zimbabwe: Weaver Press
Prelude: Bulawayo 1893-1930
The landscapes of Bulawayo
The first fires: December 1929
City versus state 1930-1946
Mr Black Bulawayo 1930-1948
The feminisation of black Bulawayo 1948-1960
Black Bulawayo transformed
Black Bulawayo burns 1960
Postlude: Bulawayo after 1960