The Dialogue Society Book Group - Meeting 30: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:00 in Forthcoming

Venue: Online
Date: Thursday, 30th July 2020
Time: 18:00-19:30


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In this session of the Dialogue Society Book Group, we will explore Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga on Thursday, 30th July 2020 at 6pm.

Publisher's synopsis of Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

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. The semi-autobiographical novel focuses on the story of a Shona family in post-colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s. The novel illustrates the dynamic themes of race, colonialism, and gender during the post-colonial conditions of present-day Zimbabwe. The title is taken from the introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre to Frantz Fanon's, The Wretched of the Earth.

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into different cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then to discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting.

We will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

  • Arab in America, by Toufic El Rassi
  • Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka
  • Independent People, Halldor Laxness

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