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Incidentally, I am moving and hope that, for the first time since Nervous ConditionsI shall have a room of my own.

Maiguru, educated and contributed to the family’s financial prosperity is reduced to a second class citizen in her home. What a fantastic read! The focus point of the novel – two of several very richly-drawn and complex characters – is the relationship between Tambu and her cousin Nyasha; one girl raised in a traditional home trying to fit into a Westernised system, the other raised in England and now expected to conform to traditional values – even though they live under the same roof.

I strongly felt for the women trapped in a certain traditionally proscribed existence and especially for those who had a glimpse of genuine alternatives the niece partly raised in the UK for example I couldn’t begin to truly understand what they went and are still going through.

The main protagonist of the novel is Tambu, who is given a chance to go for higher education after the death of her older brother Nhamo. Sadza typical cornmeal staple food in Zimbabwe served with vegetables and oxtail.

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Weight fonditions often seen as an indicator of wealth. I liked that Dangarembga doesn’t attempt to offer easy solutions to her characters’ predicaments. Learn to cook and clean. Tambu is not upset about this because Nhamo studied at a missionary school away from home with his uncle Babamukuru and his family.

The toothbrush becomes the tool that Nyasha uses to make herself vomit, and she “was grotesquely unhealthy from the vital juices she flushed down the toilet” Dangarembga Romans were willing to learn Greek Philosophies, Ottoman empire learned sciences and philosophies both from Romans and Indians, Mughals at their best Akbar, Shah Jahan, Jahangir had artists from every living culture in their courtrooms, renaissance artists were willing to adopt dead civilizations and gods of Greece.


The novel is full of strong characters – the women especially – and takes nervoks unflinching look at themes of gender, race, class and colonialism, without positing any easy answers.

In her interview with James, Buchi Emecheta responds to James’ assertion: Instead she finds herself caught between two worlds.

Dangarembga reflects on Nervous Conditions

Oct 07, Mikki rated it really liked it Shelves: I think, though, it’s possible to reach a sort of empathy, if only because given the current political climate and the sexism still rampant today I am a woman, and can appreciate the struggles these women face.

But the patriarch here, Babamukuru, is far from a monster: Unlike her mother, Nyasha has no memories of traditions and customs to silence her voice. This reveals that Tsitsi Dangarembga did not write this novel in or for the white gaze, as Kwame Anthony Appiah also points out in the introduction.

Discussion Questions For Nervous Conditions Why does Dangarembga choose Anorexia, a disease very rarely found in African women, as the way for Nyasha to exert her rebellion?

But then I start thinking that he ought to look at things from my point of view and be considerate and patient with me, so I start fighting back and off we go again. Where are they supposed to go? Asked about her subsequent prose drought, she explained, “There have been two major reasons for my not having worked on prose since Nervous Conditions: This journey of Tambu helps us view society from a different perspective and the fact that everything is achievable is what is portrayed throught this marvellous work by Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Tambu admires her uncle, her family’s head and benefactor, so intensely, that she continually rationalises his treatment of Maiguru to make it seem acceptable and correct. Teachers demand Ncube resignation.

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga – review

Think Great Expectations set in ‘s Zimbabwe and from the point of view nervius a girl caught between her native culture and that of British colonialism.

FC Platinum learn fate. Another very stupid belief is older is somehow better. She also held Spent part of her childhood in England. This happens a lot with books I read for university. Nervous Conditions is the first of a proposed trilogy, with The Book of Not as the second novel in the series.

She lived in England from age two through age six. She began her education there, but concluded her A-levels in a missionary school back home, in the town of Mutare. Once I made it through the first couple of chapters, I realized that I, the reader, was growing alongside Tambu, the narrator of this story. The real meat of the story is the rest of what happens – Tambu leaving her concitions and going to live with her uncle and his family in a mission, her relationship with them, with her cousin Nyasha with whom she shares a room at the mission, her relationship with herself and her family back home.


There has been a lot of discussion over Dangarembga’s choice of Anorexia as Nyasha’s disease. I’m sorry I was nasty when you cam einto the classroom. Uwakweh presents Tambu and Lucia as escaped females, Tambu’s mother and Aunt Maiguru as entrapped females, and Nyasha as the rebellious female although there has been some discussion of whether Lucia is truly “escaped” because she is still dependent on Babamukuru’s money to gain her independence.

Dangarembga reflects on Nervous Conditions – NewsDay Zimbabwe

Nyasha’s story is painful, especially when she is brought to see a psychiatrist and she and her family are told that “Africans don’t suffer” hysteria, anorexia and anxiety. Nyasha is truly a woman without a home, and as she struggles to make a place for herself in society, she finds that dangaremmbga effort just may kill her. But her rich uncle, educated in England “a good boy, cultivatable, in the way land is, to yield harvests that sustain the cultivator” insists: She has opportunities afforded to few, but is this a good thing if she comes to scorn her origins?

She then returned to Rhodesia and finished her schooling in a missionary school there. He said it was the first step in the family’s emancipation since we could all improve our language by practising on Nhamo. Other women characters extend the range of perspectives, strategies of accommodation or resistance, and complexity of the social fabric that Dangarembga shows us. He talked most fluently with my father.

But things change after Nhamo’s death and the return of her uncle Babamukuru and his family from the UK where they obtained postgraduate degrees.