Dambudzo Marechera: The House of Hunger

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  • Shun Man Emily Chow (University of Hong Kong)
  • Grant Hamilton (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Although Dambudzo Marechera was the first African to claim the Guardian Fiction Prize, the talented Zimbabwean writer is still not one of the continent’s best known literary voices. Nevertheless, since the publication of The House of Hunger in 1978, Marechera and his writings have enjoyed a certain cult status in Zimbabwe. Indeed, to this day an annual “House of Hunger Poetry Slam” is held at the Book Café in Harare every June. What seems to have captured the popular imagination is the novella’s honest account of the struggles of everyday life. As Dzingayi Mutumbuka explains, The House of Hunger

gives illuminating insights into the struggle for sanity in a situation …

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Chow, Shun Man Emily, Grant Hamilton. "The House of Hunger". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2012
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=28556, accessed 25 November 2015.]