Posted by: koolwine | June 20, 2010

Zimbabwe: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Country: Zimbabwe

Local Name: Zimbabwe (derived from the Shona phrase Dzimba Dza Mabwe, meaning “houses of stone”)

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  • Originally named Southern Rhodesia by the British in 1895; the area was a British colony until 1964.
  • Known as Rhodesia from 1965-1979 (as an unrecognized state) after the white minority government declared independence from the United Kingdom (the British continued to refer to the land as “Southern Rhodesia”).
  • Temporarily called Zimbabwe-Rhodesia from June 1, 1979 until December 12, 1979. During this time, the white minority government was replaced by a biracial one.
  • Became Southern Rhodesia once again, when control was briefly returned to the United Kingdom.
  • Internationally recognized as the Republic of Zimbabwe on April 18, 1980.

Title: Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

Author: Alexandra Fuller (Anglo-African)

Published: 2001   Pages: 301

Acclaim: National Bestseller; Entertainment Weekly #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year; New York Times Notable Book; Finalist, Guardian First Book Prize

Time Period: 1968-1987, mostly during Rhodesia’s Second Chimurenga – the second civil war between the black  majority population and the white minority leadership.

Summary: Fuller chronicles her chaotic,traumatic and inherently racist childhood on a Rhodesian farm in the midst of a civil war.  After the war, her family loses their farm and Fuller recounts her family’s next moves to Zambia and then to Malawi.

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