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A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory conditiins energy of women’s rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its dangarembya negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the ‘nervousn A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa’s Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women’s rights.
Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the ‘nervousness’ of the ‘postcolonial’ conditions that bedevil us still. Dangarrembga Tambu and the women of her family, we African women see ourselves, whether at home or displaced, doing daily battle with our changing world with a mixture of tenacity, bewilderment and grace. Paperbackpages.
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga – review
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See 2 questions about Nervous Conditions…. Dangarembta with This Book. Last year I discovered the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Writing contemporary accounts of Nigerians dangarsmbga both Africa and in the United States and England, Adichie has becoming a leading African feminist voice.
Before Adichie, thirty years ago Tsitsi Dangarembga attempted to assert rights for African women in both her writing conditionw film making. Needing an African classic for my classics bingo this year, I decided upon Dangarembga’s debut autobiographical novel, Nervous Conditions, which is inf Last year I discovered the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Needing an African classic for my classics bingo this year, I decided upon Dangarembga’s debut autobiographical novel, Nervous Conditions, which is influential enough to be included in the book Great Books by Women by Erica Baumeister. Reading through the books in this anthology is a personal ongoing challenge of mine, so I was happy to immerse myself in Dangarembga’s work.
From Zimbabwe and educated in Germany, Dangarembga wanted to expose her children to Africa and returned as an adult. She bases the story in this novel on her own upbringing and it is evident from the opening pages. Readers meet Tambudzai, a precocious rural African girl who has no future other than living on a Rhodesian homestead with her family until she marries. Her uncle Babamukara decided his future at age nine when he started school and reached the top of class.
Later on a scholarship, he attended secondary school and university in South Africa and later England. His wife Maiguru has been equally educated, and through their education, the couple become the headmaster and head mistress at a prestigious missionary school in central Rhodesia. It is through this dagnarembga that Babamukara attempts to uplift his entire family so that they are viewed as the most prestigious members or Rhodesian society.
It is in dangarembag regard that he sponsors the education of Tambudzai’s brother Nhambo. As the eldest sibling and only boy, the future hinges on Nhambo to use education to uplift his family away from their primitive conditions. Like Babamukara’s children Nyasha and Chido who have been educated in England and at the missionary school for their entire lives, Nhambo develops a sense of arrogance towards his family, especially toward his younger sisters reminding them that they are girls and that the homestead is their future.
Then, through Tambudzai’s narration, Dambarembga writes of the opportunity that Tambudzai gains. At age fourteen, tragedy strikes: The mother is beside herself even though is less developed societies the death of one’s children is commonplace.
Conditioms decides to sponsor Tambudzai’s education because he feels that the family still needs someone to lift it out of poverty.
As a result, Tambu moves into her uncle and aunt’s care, away from the homestead and poverty, and into dangaremmbga luxurious life. As in many coming of age books, Nervous Conditions is not without conflict. Tambudzai is taken under Nyasha’s wing and views firsthand how life in England has made her arrogant and vows not to repeat this behavior.
Babamukara praises Tambudzai as neervous model child and wishes that his own daughter would follow in suit. Nyasha, unfortunately, by the time she reaches puberty is more English than African and some of her disdain for primitive Africa has rubbed off on Tambudzai. While Tambudzai still loves her family and wishes her sisters the best, she finds it harder and harder to return to the homestead with each passing vacation.
There is no electricity or plumbing dngarembga books and life on the Rhodesian plane has become tougher to face. Tambudzai finds faults in both of her parents and wish that they would adhere to her uncle’s example of using education as a means of bettering oneself in society.
Yet, her father dangarsmbga the laziest member in his family, and her mother having had no education and married since age fifteen have no future ahead of them.
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tambudzai does not forget the upbringing that she came from, but on her later visits home she vows to achieve as much education as possible for a female from her era in order to lift her family out of its primitive conditions once and for all. In the past few years I have not enjoyed coming of age books. I find as the protagonists are the age of my children that I suffer from a generation gap in my reading.
During the last few months, I have read quality coming of age fiction, offering me hope for the genre moving forward. Tsitsi Dangarembga is an example of how education has lifted her out of poverty. Primitive lifestyles and few rights for women are still issues facing Africans today, so condutions Nervous Conditions was first condutions inthe work was considered groundbreaking.
Dangarembga has paved the way so that authors like Adichie have a platform today, and for that I feel privileged to have had read her work.
In recent years, she has written two follow up novels so readers see where education has taken Tambudzai, and I look forward to following her on her journey through life. View all 13 comments. Apr 01, Bookdragon Sean rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Dagnarembga is a powerful concept. But how does one establish such a thing? Conventionally it develops from childhood due to an association with home and place.
But what happens if your home is changing? What nationality do you become?
These are the question Tambu has to ask herself. She initially believes that her ticket to self-improvement is through education. She learns to speak English, and eventually she looks back on her origins with an air of indifference and woe.
Not as much as her brother did, but to a degree that considers them underdeveloped and primitive. She has opportunities afforded to few, but is this a good thing if she comes to scorn her origins?
She can no longer fit in with her kin at the village; her intellect has gone beyond that. She is too white to be black, and to black to be white. It, in essence, leaves the black man wearing a white mask. As well as being a black person, Tambu is also a woman in an incredibly misogynistic society.
She has to deal with the dominating nature of the patriarchal culture, and the oppression associated with it. So, life for Tambu is rather shit because everyone treats her like shit. Stay at home with your mother.
Learn to cook and clean. What the author is trying to portray, in a persuasive and compelling manner, is the voice of the colonised female, the voice of her ancestors and the effects on the everyday life of one living in postcolonial Africa.
In this, Tambu has a chance to prove her worth in such a male dominated society. By the end she develops the will to speak out and stand up for what she believes in. Tambu comes to hate the men of her family; she comes to hate every aspect of her situation: View all 3 comments.
It was a long process for me, that process of expansion. The painful process of expansion which made Tambu’s story possible was blocked for many years – blocked by the patriarchal system wh “Quietly, unobtrusively and extremely fitfully, something in my mind began to assert itself, to question things and refuse to be brainwashed, bringing me to this time when I can set down this story.
The painful process of expansion which made Tambu’s story possible was blocked for many years – blocked by the patriarchal system which provided education for men and exploited women’s physical labour at home.
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When her brother dies, Tambu is allowed – reluctantly – to take his place. Brainwashed to believe in her own inferiority, she enters the world of education at her godlike, patriarchal uncle’s mission school, and comditions defers to his charismatic omnipotent rule.
But as she gets closer to her cousin Nyasha, she realises that there are other ways to perceive the world, once you have a comparison and a choice. And she sees the power of women underneath the rule of ridiculously pompous men.
And recognising one’s own strength is the first step to shake off injustice: It didn’t depend on poverty, on lack of education or on tradition. It didn’t depend on any of the things I had thought it depended on. Men took it everywhere with them. Femaleness as opposed to and inferior to maleness. It goes beyond the question of race and colonialism and Christian versus tribe rites. You find it in highly educated, modern and over-privileged families in liberal democracies. As a woman, you are barely human.
And you have to learn cconditions play your cards well to survive in a society designed for and by men.