Roots of a Revolution: Scenes from Zimbabwe's Struggle; Black Fire!: Accounts of the Guerrilla War in Rhodesia

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Roots of a Revolution: Scenes from Zimbabwe's Struggle

By Ndabaningi Sithole
Oxford University Press, 1978
142 pp. $9.50
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Black Fire!: Accounts of the Guerrilla War in Rhodesia

By Michael Raeburn
Julian Friedmann, 1978
256 pp.
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Two narrative accounts of Zimbabwean nationalism. Written during his years in prison, Sithole's fictionalized depiction of black political activity in the 1960s focuses on the public persona of a black intellectual not unlike himself; its gentle set-pieces picturing black-white relations are highlighted by the trial of a black man whose crime is love for a white woman. Raeburn's vignettes of guerrilla organization and fighting are much tougher on both blacks and whites: five personal accounts by guerrillas convey the atmosphere of their painful and sometimes chaotic struggle and the frightened countryside in which it is waged.

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