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The fear : Robert Mugabe and the martyrdom of Zimbabwe / Peter Godwin (Anglais) Relié – 2010

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The Fear A moving personal account of Zimbabwe under Mugabe's terror Full description

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  • Relié
  • Editeur : New York : Little, Brown and Co.; Édition : 1st Edition (2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 031605173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316051736
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,6 x 14,2 x 3,6 cm
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Lost for Words 28 mars 2011
Par Literati - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a fellow Zimbabwean living on foreign shores, having read Peter Godwin's The Fear I am at a loss for words. Partly because the subject matter is so bitterly painful, there is no coherent way to respond to the way the grip of power has squeezed out such a horrendous toll of human suffering, but also, no doubt, by the manner in which, despite harrowing detail, all of which he chronicles with a poignant deftness, the author still manages to transport me, with yearning, to this beautiful land. Despite the political savagery that has taken a similar toll on the wildlife, trees, rivers and mountains, Zimbabwe's haggard remnants are still proudly bursting forth. So much so that my childhood memories are keenly awakened and I feel a solid lump of sorrow for Zim's fateful journey. And I, who live in relative luxury many miles away, aware of the hard times being faced by family and friends, have imagined a subtler version of Godwin's account, probably to quieten my own fear of what has become of my home.
They call people like me, one of multitudes of Zimbabweans who live abroad, the diaspora. I knew we were of some assistance to those at home in a way by sending foreign currency and goods from time to time, but reading this book, I fear we have grossly underestimated the conditions faced by our compatriots and our absence and failure to participate is perhaps an indictment against us? I ask myself why haven't we, as a people, well educated, talented, inherently dignified, though of humble bearing, and here I speak not for myself, but the many Zimbabweans I have encountered in my life, why have we not prevented the outrage that is modern day Zim? This has troubled me over the years as I have gone about raising my children and the daily grind of my comfortable western life. But the answer is really not that complicated, it is black and white as documented in this book. The insane trajectory that took my home from it's sunny post- independence to these dark and treacherous days, is one founded on a bedrock
of fear. A groove as deep and ugly as those left by the marauding clear cutters and miners who rob Zimbabwe of its abundant fauna and tear the pristine countryside apart at its seams. I don't despair for Zimbabwe yet. I still have hope. But The Fear has
reminded me to re-examine my good fortune and consider what it is I can do to make this world a better place. This is, I think,
what any good book should do. For some lighter reading on Zimbabwe, go to: The Summoner: (The Dominic Grey Novels) (Volume 1)
38 internautes sur 39 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Deeply moving and inspiring....a must-read. 30 mars 2011
Par Ask MK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
You'd be forgiven for mistaking the work of Peter Godwin for fiction. The world he describes in arrestingly beautiful prose, peopled with characters possessed of heroic bravery and breathtaking evil, would seem a plausible backdrop for a morality play on the corruption absolute power brings. But this story is all too real, and we ignore it at our own peril. The Fear is an exquisite, heart-rending, and unforgettable tribute to a people for whom the love of country and the struggle for liberty come at the ultimate price.
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Gripping and Inspiring 1 avril 2011
Par Peter K Slotwiner-Nie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
A gripping account of the plight of the citizens of Zimbabwe, whose steadfast commitment to determine their own future unleashes a murderous campaign of terror at the hands of their own president. To hear the first-hand accounts of Robert Mugabe's victims, whose courage and resolve remain unbroken against the bleakest of odds, is intensely humbling. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, this book gives a much-needed voice to these brave people.
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Evil Personified 20 juin 2011
Par Spudman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The employment rate is 6%. The country is the world leader in the number of orphans per capita, nearly a million of them are AIDS orphans. Inflation is beyond calculation with everyday items costing in the trillions. Up to a third of its citizens have fled the country to escape the rapes, tortures, imprisonments, and killings that are now commonplace. Its government is widely recognized as one of the most corrupt and violent on earth. Its leader, now the oldest national leader on the planet, lost an election but refuses to relinquish power as those who oppose him risk death, imprisonment and unspeakable torture for themselves and their families.

This is Zimbabwe, the former Rhodesia, where Peter Godwin returns to the land of his birth after Mugabe's defeat to witness and chronicle the current state of the country at great risk to himself. Mugabe has a long memory, doesn't forgive , and an unwelcome Peter Godwin is on Mugabe's long list of enemies.

Godwin introduces us to the Fear, a way of life and mindset so horrible and unspeakable that it becomes palpable and takes on the identity of a surreal all pervasive entity that suffocates and strangles the country.

The author also introduces us to friends and enemies alike as through his eyes we witness the horrendous atrocities and entrenched injustices that are Zimbabwe today. Mercifully the 41 chapters are brief and brisk for one needs time to catch one's breath between chapters to comprehend the seemingly impossible inhumanity and brutality of Robert Mugabe's supporters and militia.

Amidst a land of breathtaking natural beauty and a former grandeur fallen into decay and disrepair are images difficult to read about, yet alone witness, experience, and suffer.
There are the hospitals filled with victims of Mugabe's thugs, places with limited resources, occasional utilities, and superhuman caregivers.

There's the bizarre scene of a self-appointed pretender bishop Kunonga battling the real Anglican bishop Bakare with his crosier.

There's the unreal scene of woman gang raped by boorish Mugabe soldiers next to the body of her dead husband and decapitated twin child as her surviving twin child cries and witnesses.

And then there are the prisons, cesspools of humanity with cells packed with starving, sick prisoners; the captive are victims of brutality and perpetual torment. Prisons are filled with the stench of filth, of human waste, and of decomposing dead bodies often heaped one upon the other in the next room, wretched fluids often leaking under the door and into the cells. Prisons are places where men are stripped of their clothing, their dignity, and their humanity.

Yet within this country in ruins we witness a human spirit that refuses to capitulate. Those who have lost homes, children, spouses continue defiantly to resist the Mugabe onslaught. The reader witnesses many acts of kindness and bravery by Zimbabweans with no hint of the racially driven practices of Robert Mugabe or the Ian Smith regime preceding him. Morgan Tsvangirai, the "winner" of the political contest with Mugabe, could easily walk away from the madness, but continues on despite the "accidental" death of his wife in a car wreck that he survived.

The Fear is a book of horrific events tempered by the impossible bravery, fortitude, and resilience of its remaining citizens, black and white together standing up to the malevolence that is The Fear.
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Witnessing the new Dark Ages 20 mai 2011
Par Rob Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
As an early member of the Zimbabwe diaspora, I'm addicted to accounts of contemporary Zimbabwe. Peter Godwin's books chart the course of Zimbabwe's modern history from the civil ware of the 70s, the Matabeleland genocide of the 80s. And now, in his latest book, The Fear, he brings witness to the decades of fear and economic collapse. His is a light into the murky new Dark Age of modern Zimbabwe.

Godwin's stories giving witness to a regime pursuing a war of terror against its own people are at the same time harrowing and inspiring. Inspiring because of the exemplary courage of the opponents of the Mugabe tyranny.

Godwin's book is a documentary and parts of it are in essence a list of crimes with names, dates and events, perhaps intended one day to become evidence against the perpetrators of the cruelty and violence in an international court, or one may hope. This interferes somewhat with the narrative, but Godwin's lucid style and evident love of the people of his native country overcome this.

With brutal dictatorships being overturned in the Middle East with the encouragement of the West, is it too much to hope that zimbabwe may follow? The courage, humour and resilience of the Zimbabweans deserve nothing less.
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