Alexander Kanengoni (1772 words)

The Zimbabwean author Alexander Kanengoni is a writer of war: almost everything he has written may be directly related to the Zimbabwean war of liberation and its causes, direct consequences, or lateral outcomes. Kanengoni learned about this war by participating in it: in 1974, he joined ZANLA (an African nationalist guerrilla force) and he was an armed combatant until independence with majority rule came to Zimbabwe in 1980. Because they thematise the armed anti-colonial struggle, Kanengoni’s texts may be said to be contributing to the Zimbabwean “political imaginary” – a repository of key images and representations which participate in the re/production of socially constructed identities. In contemporary Zimbabwe, the images …

Primorac, Ranka. "Alexander Kanengoni". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2005
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